Li Yu (Southern Tang)

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Immeasurable pain!
My dreaming soul last night was king again.

Li Yu (Chinese: 李煜; c. 93715 August 978) was the last ruler of the Southern Tang state.

Quotes[edit]

  • 多少恨,昨夜梦魂中。还似旧时游上苑,车如流水马如龙。花月正春风。
    • Immeasurable pain!
      My dreaming soul last night was king again.
      As in past days
      I wandered through the Palace of Delight,
      And in my dream
      Down grassy garden-ways
      Glided my chariot, smoother than a summer stream;
      There was moonlight,
      The trees were blossoming,
      And a faint wind softened the air of night,
      For it was spring.
      • 《望江南》 ("Immeasurable Pain"), as translated by Arthur Waley in The Temple (1923), p. 144

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