Fountain of Wine
- Poetry of Pan Lang

《酒泉子·长忆西湖》

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Fountain of Wine by Pan Lang
中文原文

长忆西湖。

尽日凭阑楼上望:

三三两两钓鱼舟,岛屿正清秋。

笛声依约芦花里,白鸟成行忽惊起。

别来闲整钓鱼竿,思入水云寒。


English Translation

I still remember West Lake,

Where,leaning on the rails,I gazed without a break 

Oh fishing boats in twos and threes 

And islets in clear autumn breeze.


Among flowering reeds faint flute-songs rose,

Startled white birds took flight in rows.

Since I left,I've repaired my fishing rod at leisure,

Thoughts of waves and clouds thrill me with pleasure.

By Pan Lang

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