shú zhī máo zhāi jué dī xiǎo
jiāng shàng yàn zǐ gù lái pín
xián ní diǎn wū qín shū nèi
gèng jiē fēi chóng dǎ zháo rén
Know well thatched building very low small
River on swallows therefore come often
Hold in mouth mud bit dirt zither books inside
Furthermore catch flying insects hit person
I know well that my thatched hut is very low and small,
Because of that, the swallows on the river often come.
The bits of mud they bring in their mouths get into my zither and books,
And trying to catch the flying insects, they drive them into me.