Thoughts in the Silent Night Poem in Cantonese 靜夜思唐詩(粵語) and Moon Shining Bright Nursery Rhyme 床前明月光粵語兒歌

靜夜思唐詩粵語版與床前明月光粵語兒歌

If you are interested in Chinese poetry, this is the best poem to start with.

靜夜思 or Thoughts in the Silent Night is the most well-known and most popular of them all. It was written by the famous Chinese Poet 李白 Li Bai (Cantonese pronunciation lei5 baak6) during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD),  which was largely considered the Golden Age of Chinese Poetry. He wrote almost a thousand more poems, many of which endured to this day. 靜夜思 or Thoughts in the Silent Night coveys his pensiveness and nostalgia and longing for his hometown, as well as his appreciation for the beauty of the landscape.

 

Poetry Recitation in Cantonese

Please watch 靜夜思 Thoughts in the Silent Night recited in Cantonese.

 

Poem and Translation

Chinese Cantonese Pronunciation English Translation

靜夜思

zing6 je6 si1 Thoughts in the Silent Night

床前明月光,

cong4 cin4 ming4 jyut6 gwong1, Moon shining bright front of my Bed

疑是地上霜。

ji4 si6 dei6 soeng5 soeng1。 I think there is frost upon the ground.

舉頭望明月,

geoi2 tau4 mong6 ming4 jyut6, I raise my head and gaze at the bright moon,

低頭思故鄉。

dai1  tau4 si1 gu3hoeng1。 I bow my head and reminisce about my hometown.

 

Nursery Rhyme 床前明月光

The poem has also inspired a Cantonese nursery rhyme Moonlight 床前明月光

床前明月光 Song Lyrics

月亮光月亮明
jyut6 loeng6 gwong1 jyut6 loeng6 ming4

窗前明月亮又圓
coeng1 cin4 ming4 jyut6 loeng6 jau6 jyun4

我念故園思故鄉
ngo5 nim6 gu3 jyun4 si1 gu3 hoeng1

故鄉今日可否無恙
gu3 hoeng1 gam1 jat6 ho2 fau2 mou4 joeng6

明月光地上霜
ming4 jyut6 gwong1 dei6 soeng5 soeng1

望明月思故鄉
mong6 ming4 jyut6 si1 gu3 hoeng1

床前明月光 疑是地上霜
cong4 cin4 ming4 jyut6 gwong1 ji4 si6 dei6 soeng5 soeng1

舉頭望明月 低頭思故鄉
geoi2 tau4 mong6 ming4 jyut6 dai1 tau4 si1 gu3 hoeng1

念故園思故鄉
nim6 gu3 jyun4 si1 gu3 hoeng1

故鄉今日可否無恙
gu3 hoeng1 gam1 jat6 ho2 fau2 mou4 joeng6

 

Printables

The following printable are available for download. First page includes Jyutping, second page without.

 

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