Courtyard Full of Fragrance
After thirty-three years.
Who still remains today?
Only you and the long, long river stay.
Upright like the cypress evergreen,
Frost-proof, you have no compeers.
In your old county I have seen
Your cot surrounded by bamboos
Standing by cloudy stream framed with pine tree on tree
If you leave the southern shore not to say adieus,
How could you come to see me?
After a sudden shower the trees Dance in the breeze,
A veil of mist rises with cloud screen.
I hold high the wine cup
And invite you to drink it up.
Now old, I think it’s like a dream sweet
To drink face to face with you.
We hear no more songs of adieu,
For early risers，drums begin to beat.
The poet writes this farewell poem for his friend Chen Jichang.