The Swallow's Song

The autumn winds are blowing,
The air is cool and drear,
The forest leaves are falling,
The grass is scant and sear.

The dew to hoar-frost changes,
And swallows southward fly;
While from the North in batches
The wild swan cloud the sky.

And I such signs discerning
Think of you, husband dear,
And long for your home-coming
From marches long and drear.

Why do you longer tarry
In such a distant place?
Think of my lonely vigils,
Sad thoughts and tear-stained face!

The harp I often finger,
And try to sing a song;
But soon I sigh and falter,
And for your coming long.

The Moon's pure light is shining
Upon my lonely bed;
The " Star-Stream" 's westward flowing,
The night is not far sped.

The Cowherd and the Spinning-Girl
Lament the doom that bars
The meeting of true lovers,
Across the Stream of Stars.

What folly did they ponder
To meet so dire a fate?
I wonder if we also
Are doomed to trial as great!
Author of original: 
Cao Pi
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