I tried to say when we reunite on the feast
- Poetry of Ouyang Xiu


- Last updated: 2024-03-23 10:41:33

I tried to say when we reunite on the feast by Ouyang Xiu





English Translation

I tried to say when we reunite on the feast,

but how could i say when you wept so sad?

There're always some person die for the love,

it’s not about the moonshine or wind.

"Please don't sing your new love song",you said.

those melodies would break your heart.i understood.

Let me wander on the cherry forest of Luoyang city,

maybe then i'll forget how badly i love you.

By Ou Yangxiu

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