Cicadas weep
- Poetry of Qin Guan

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- Last updated: 2024-03-23 10:35:26

Cicadas weep by Qin Guan
中文原文

虫声泣露惊秋枕。

罗帏泪湿鸳鸯锦。

独卧玉肌凉。

残更与恨长。

阴风翻翠幔。

雨涩灯花暗。

毕竟不成眠。

鸦啼金井寒。


English Translation

Cicadas weep,

i lay on the pillow,crying like a kid.

The cold wind breezes my skin,

all night i just yearn for you heartbrokenly.


Rain sings with the flare of candle,

dewy autumn i'm so lonely.

Just can't sleep as you asked me to,

get up walking to well,nightingales sigh.

By Qin Guan

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