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. 
Colour'd 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.

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