Wednesday, May 02, 2012


Philological Seminar

Tao Yuan-Ming (372?-427), Moving House (tr. Yang Yeh-tzu):
There was a time when I wanted to live in a south village,
But not because I was guided by the auguries.
I had heard that many simple men lived here—
With them I would be glad to spend my mornings and evenings.
For many years this was my desire,
And now today I shall accomplish my task:
So wretched a cottage need not be spacious,
All I want is a bed and a mat.
Often the neighbors will come to visit me,
We shall argue vociferously about the ancient times,
Rare writings we shall enjoy reading together,
And we shall clear up all doubtful interpretations.

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