Ask the Moon With a Cup of Wine in Hand
by Li Bai of Tang Dynasty
How long comes the moon in the blue sky?
I put down the cup and ask now.
If one wants to reach the bright moon, it's impossible.
But the moon that moves can follow people.
It’s brilliant like a flying mirror over red pavilions;
As green smoke clears away, it illuminates.
In the evening it is seen coming from the sea;
But who knows in the morning it vanishes in clouds?
The Rabbit pounds drugs from autumn to spring;
Whom can lonely Moon Goddess take as her neighbor?
The present people can’t see the ancient moon;
The present moon did shine over the ancient people.
The ancient and present people go away like flowing water;
They both witness the bright moon as it is.
I wish that I can sing with wine in front,
That the moonlight shines forever in the golden cup.