More Translations from the Chinese/To a Talkative Guest

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More Translations from the Chinese  (1919)  by Bai Juyi, translated by Arthur Waley
To a Talkative Guest

[56] TO A TALKATIVE GUEST

[A.D. 836]

The town visitor's easy talk flows in an endless stream;
The country host's quiet thoughts ramble timidly on.
"I beg you, Sir, do not tell me about things at Ch'ang-an;
For you entered just when my harp was tuned and lying balanced on my knees."