yè sī (by Li Bai)

to think; to consider
chuáng bed; couch; (a measure word)
qián before; in front; ago; former; previous; earlier; front
míng clear; bright; to understand; next
yuè moon; month
guāng light; ray; bright
to doubt; to misbelieve; to suspect
shì is; are; am; yes; to be
de, dì earth; ground; field; place; land; (subor. part. adverbial); -ly
shàng on; on top; upon; first (of two parts); previous or last (week, etc.); upper; higher; above; previous; to climb; to go into; above; to go up
shuāng frost
舉 or 举 to lift; to hold up; to cite; to enumerate; to act; to raise; to choose; to elect
頭 or 头 tóu, tou head; suff. for nouns
wàng hope; expect; to visit; to gaze (into the distance); look towards; towards
míng clear; bright; to understand; next
yuè moon; month
to lower (one's head); to let droop; to hang down; low; to incline; beneath; low
頭 or 头 tóu, tou head; suff. for nouns
to think; to consider
happening; instance; reason; cause; deceased; old
鄉 or 乡 xiāng country; village


Consider the night

In front of the couch, behold the moon so bright.

Suspect that there is frost on the ground.

Hold up your head, look at the moon!

Lower your head, consider the old country.


Thinking about the night

Bright moonlight shines on the beds

The earth could freeze.

The bright moon holds up its head
and lowers its head when thinking of the old earth.


Night thoughts

The bright moon shines on my bed

I suspect that frost is on the ground

I lift my head to gaze towards the bright moon

My head drops at the thought of my dying country


Night to remember

My bed is bathed in clear moonlight

I expect the frost will fall on the land

I lift my head to the clear moonlight

I lower my head to look at the old land


Dreaming in the dark

In bed beneath the light of the bright moon
the frost on the high ground makes me wonder.

I lift my head and look toward the bright moon
I lower my head and dream of my home village


Thinking at night

In bed before you can understand the bright moon

Yes, unbelievably you must climb the frosty land

Gaze into the distance at the bright moon and hold up your head

Then think of the reason as you lower your head and head back to your village.


Consider the night

Before bed, under clear moonlight

I climb above frost on the ground

Choose to look towards the moon

and heavy head to think of the old country


Consider the night

Understand the moonlight, from earlier in comfort.

Question the frost upon the land.

Raise your head and gaze into the bright moon

Then lower your head and think of the dying village.


Consider the night

Understand the measure of a light bright moon

Yes, suspect the frosty higher land

Think, hope, choose the bright moon

But consider the country beneath


Thoughts in the night

Bright moonbeams at the foot of my bed—

I think there is frost on the ground.

I raise my head and look at the moon;

I drop my head and remember my hometown.


A night to consider

Before bed, the light of the clear moon

Sheds light on the ground-frost

I raise my head towards the bright moon

And lower my head to think of the old village