Rain falls in the early spring
- Poetry of Zhu Shuzhen


- Last updated: 2024-03-17 18:52:04

Rain falls in the early spring by Zhu Shuzhen







English Translation

Rain falls in the early spring,

to the wine i silently cry.

Once i plucked the pear flowers leaning on the balustrade.

Grass towards ferry,i begged you stay,

you had no word but tearfully gazed at hill.

Last night i dreamed of you between river and cloud.

How should i feel after i woke up before i was gonna touch face in dream?

Toss about in bed,i wished to dream of you again.

The night sky is easy to see but not your tender love.

By Zhu Shuzhen

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