by Chan Fang-Sheng (flourished 4th century)
Translation by Arthur Waley (1889 - 1969)

Sailing homeward
Language: English  after the Chinese (中文) 
Cliffs that rise a thousand feet
Without a break,
Lake that stretches a hundred miles
Without a wave,
[Sands that are white all through the year,
Without a stain,]1
Pine-tree woods, winter and summer
Streams that for ever flow and flow
Without a pause,
Trees that for twenty thousand years
Your vows have kept,
You have suddenly healed the pain of a traveller's heart,
And moved his brush to write a new song.

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1 omitted by Gibbs.


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Researcher for this text: Ted Perry

This text was added to the website: 2003-11-15
Line count: 14
Word count: 74