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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
One Goes a Journey
By Florence Ayscough and Amy Lowell, trans.
 
From “Chinese Written Wall Pictures”

Liu Shih-an—Eighteenth Century

HE is going to the T’ung T’ing lake,
My friend whom I have loved so many years.
The spring wind startles the willows
And they break into pale leaf.
I go with my friend        5
As far as the river-bank.
He is gone—
And my mind is filled and overflowing
With the things I did not say.
Again the white water-flower        10
Is ripe for plucking.
The green pointed swords of the iris
Splinter the brown earth.
To the south of the river
Are many cinnamon trees.        15
I gather branches of them to give to my friend
At his return.
 
 
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