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WORLDLY AFFAIRS ARE SHORT AS A SPRING DREAM
Tune: West River Moon

by Zhu Dunru (1081 - 1159, Song Dynasty)
English translation: John Balcom

Worldly affairs are short as a spring dream;
Human sentiment is as thin as autumn clouds.
There is no need to compare
and allow hardships to belabor the mind;
All things have their destinies.

Luckily, I have three cups of good wine
And have met a new blossom.
Joyful and laughing for a time when we come together;
Whether tomorrow is bright or cloudy is uncertain.

── from Quan Song Ci (Complete Collection of Song Poems)


POEM ON THE WALL OF QIUXIANG PAVILION IN QIANTANGJIANG
Tune: West River Moon

by Feng Menglong (1574 - 1646, Ming Dynasty)
English translation: Miao Guang

Wine torches the body like fire, while lust slices the body like a mountain of steel; excessive wealth evokes jealousy and severs personal relations, while anger explodes without fire.

The four come together as one, lacking much difference;
I urge you to take the high road by refraining from clinging.
Such would be the right way to a well-cultivated form.

── from Sanyan-Jingshi Tongyan (Three Words: Stories to Caution the World)