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AFTER GETTING DRUNK, BECOMING SOBER IN THE NIGHT, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Our party scattered at yellow dusk and I came home to bed
Last Line: And in my ears something sounded like the music of flutes and strings.
Alternate Author Name(s): Bai Juyi; Bo Juyi; Po Chu-i; Lo T'ien; Jyu-yi
Subject(s): China - Tang Dynasty (618-905); Drinks & Drinking; Wine


OUR party scattered at yellow dusk and I came home to bed;
I woke at midnight and went for a walk, leaning heavily on a friend.
As I lay on my pillow my vinous complexion, soothed by sleep, grew sober;
In front of the tower the ocean moon, accompanying the tide, had risen.
The swallows, about to return to the beams, went back to roost again;
The candle at my window, just going out, suddenly revived its light.
All the time till dawn came, still my thoughts were muddled;
And in my ears something sounded like the music of flutes and strings.





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