"reciting some poem from the T'ang Dynasty"

The Tang Dynasty ruled China from 618-907 A.D., during a time which is considered a high point of Chinese civilisation, and especially for Chinese poetry. The imperial capital was at Chang'an, modern Xi'an, which was then the largest city in the world. The famous poets Li Bai and Du Fu were both active during this time.

 Li Bai's 'Drinking Alone with the Moon':


From a pot of wine among the flowers

I drank alone. There was no one with me –

Till, raising my cup, I asked the bright moon

To bring me my shadow and make us three.

Alas, the moon was unable to drink

And my shadow tagged me vacantly;

But still for a while I had these friends

To cheer me through the end of spring....

I sang. The moon encouraged me.

I danced. My shadow tumbled after.

As long as I knew, we were boon companions.

And then I was drunk, and we lost one another.

...Shall goodwill ever be secure?

I watch the long road of the River of Stars.