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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
In My Lodge at Wang-Ch’uan after a Long Rain
By Witter Bynner and Kiang Kung-hu, trans.
From “Poems by Wang Wei”
From the Chinese

THE WOODS have stored the rain, and slow comes the smoke
As rice is cooked on faggots and carried to the fields;
Over the quiet marshland flies a white egret,
And mango-birds are singing in the full summer trees.
I have learned to watch in peace the mountain morning-glories,        5
To eat split dewy sunflower-seeds under a bough of pine,
To yield the place of honor to any boor at all….
Why should I frighten sea-gulls even with a thought?

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