by Bai Juyi (772 - 846)
Translation by Arthur Waley (1889 - 1969)

Sent as a present from Annam
Language: English  after the Chinese (中文) 
Sent as a present from Annam --
A red cockatoo. 
Coloured like the peach-tree blossom, 
Speaking with the speech of men. 
And they did to it what is always done 
To the learned and eloquent. 
They took a cage with stout bars 
And shut it up inside.

About the headline (FAQ)

Confirmed with Arthur Waley, Chinese Poems, Dover Publications, 2000, page 167, an unabridged republication of the work published in 1946 in London by George Allen and Unwin.


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  • Also set in French (Français), a translation by L. Lemierre ; composed by Blair Fairchild.

Researcher for this text: David K. Smythe

This text was added to the website: 2003-11-04
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Word count: 46