Poems of Bai Juyi
Teasing my Guest, as We Gaze from River Tower
Gazing east across the lake, the evening is immense.
Mountain forms and river flats are the only distinctions.
Lamplight shines from all four quarters of the town.
And the Milky Way glitters from both sky and lake.
Wind whistles through old trees as sky turns to rain.
Moon shines on white sand, like frost on summer night.
Only on River Tower can we escape the heat.
Isn't it far better here than in your poet's hut?
It is 823 and Bai Juyi is governor of Hangzhou. I suspect Bai is on River Tower with Yuan Zhen who came once to visit him here. The two were feted like the poetic celebrities they were. No friendship was more famous, even with the common people, than their's.