another translation from the Chinese by Mary Tang on her blog Life is But This
Yuan Mei (1716 – 1797) was a Chinese poet during the Manchurian occupation known as the Qing Dynasty. He promoted the education of women and took on a number of female students for which he was criticised.
Note: the moon is full on the fifteenth night of the lunar month.
The Fifteenth Night of the Twelve Month by Yuan Mei
The deep gong of the hour is advancing
As the sounds of people gradually cease
The window brightens when the lamp is out
For the moon is shinning on a day of snow
(c) Mary Tang 鄧許文蘭 2017