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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
What Should a Man Want?
By Arthur Waley, trans.
From “Chinese Poems”

Wang Chi—Seventh Century

TELL me now, what should a man want
But to sit alone sipping his cup of wine?
I should like to have visitors come to discuss philosophy
And not to have tax-collectors coming to collect taxes;
My three sons married into good families,        5
My five daughters provided with steady husbands;
Then I could jog through a happy five-score years,
Craving no Cloud-ascent, no Resurrection.

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