Tag Archives: Yuan Mei

“I collect books just as others store grain….”

From the Laudator comes something with which I can sympathize:
Yuan Mei (1716–1797), Book Storage, tr. J.D.Schmidt:
I collect books just as others store grain,
And bitterly complain I don’t have enough granaries.
In order to make space for a myriad ancient men,
I end … Continue reading

FacebookEmailPinterestGoogle GmailShare/Bookmark
Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, Just Too Cool, Poetry | Tagged , , , | 27 Comments

Wherein My Book Sorting Continueth: “How many branches of wax-candle light, How many drops of weary heart’s blood!

My book culling goes apace.   One of the things I went through today were books on China and on poetry.  On that note, I saw this on the site of the Laudator:
A poem by Yuan Mei (1716–1797), tr. Arthur … Continue reading

Posted in What Fr. Z is up to | Tagged , | 12 Comments

“I am satisfied so long as I keep my books closed”

From the estimable Laudator:
By Yuan Mei (1716–1797), tr. J.D.Schmidt:
I am satisfied so long as I keep my books closed,
But I start to worry, when I open their covers.
The books are long, but the day is short;
I feel like an ant … Continue reading

Posted in Just Too Cool | Tagged , , | 12 Comments