Drinking on Dragon Hill on the Ninth of the Ninth Month
- Poetry of Li Bai (Li Po)


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Drinking on Dragon Hill on the Ninth of the Ninth Month by Li Bai (Li Po)



English Translation

Drinking on Dragon Hill on this Autumn day,

Golden blossoms laugh at the exiled vassal –

Drunkenness watches his cap blown off by the wind;

Dance loves the moon for keeping the swaying man.

Double Ninth is the ninth day of the ninth lunar month, as autumn festival in China when people, men of letters in particular, ascend heights to take in the autumn sights, while remembering the parted loved ones and contemplating on the inevitable advent of winter in life.

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