Monday, April 27, 2015


What Are They to Us?

Anonymous, "Ground-Thumping Song," tr. Burton Watson, The Columbia Book of Chinese Poetry (New York: Columbia University Press, 1984), p. 70:
When the sun comes up we work,
when the sun goes down we rest.
We dig a well to drink,
plow the fields to eat —
the Emperor and his might — what are they to us!

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