“Where willows harmonize the wind”

A biretta tip o{]:¬)   to the Laudator with my additions:

 韋 應 物  Wei Ying-wu (c. 737–791), East of the Town (tr. Witter Bynner, ellipses in original):

From office confinement all year long,
I have come out of town to be free this morning
Where willows harmonize the wind
And green hills lighten the cares of the world.
I lean by a tree and rest myself
Or wander up and down a stream.
…Mists have wet the fragrant meadows;
A spring dove calls from some hidden place.
…With quiet surroundings, the mind is at peace,
But beset with affairs, it grows restless again…
Here I shall finally build me a cabin,
As Tao Ch’ien built one long ago.

Tao Qian was a 5th century poet.

Listen to the Chinese, Mandarin.



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  1. wanda says:

    Love the willow trees. We had two massive willow trees in the backyard of my childhood home, sadly the home and the trees are gone now. But, the trees were always a back-drop to our growing up. I spent lots of time climbing the trees and sitting on the huge limbs. I remember observing the trees both in light winds and scariest of all, during a summer storm or hurrricane. Storms just couldn’t bring them down. I sat and stared up at the trees on the evening before my wedding day, happy and very sad all at once. Happy to be marrying the man I love, but very sad and scared to leave home and all that was familiar. God has been so good to me. Still married 40 years later to the man that I still love, all by God’s goodness and by His grace given in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony.

  2. Emilio III says:

    ‘You let them out again, Old Man Willow! he said. ‘What be you a-thinking of? You should not be waking. Eat earth! Dig deep! Drink water! Go to sleep! Bombadil is talking!’

  3. Emilio III says:

    Problem with iTunes: “There was a problem downloading “Where willows harmonize the wind”.

    “The URL “https://wdtprs.com/podpress_trac/feed/9897/0/10_04_19_wei_yingwu.mp3″ could not be found on the server.”

  4. Emilio: People seem to be able to get it from the iTunes feed.

  5. dimsum says:

    I am unable to listen to this. After buffering I get a message stating: “error opeing file.”

  6. Emilio III says:

    If I’m the only one with a problem there’s no point in worrying about it, but FWIW, not only can I not download this, but the previous prayercaZt seems to be blank. Almost eight minutes of silence (which could be a blessing if thinking of Haugen’s music :-)

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