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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
A Green Stream
By Witter Bynner and Kiang Kung-hu, trans.
 
From “Poems by Wang Wei”
From the Chinese

I HAVE come on the River of Yellow Flowers,
Borne by the current of a green stream
Rounding ten thousand turns through the mountains
To journey less than a hundred li.
Rapids hum on scattered stones,        5
Light is dim in the close pines,
The surface of an inlet sways with nut-horns,
Weeds are lush along the banks.
Down in my heart I have always been clear
As this clarity of waters.        10
Oh, to remain on a broad flat rock
And cast my fishing-line forever!
 
 
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