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Liu Zongyuan: Dwelling by a stream

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DWELLING BY A STREAM

Liu Zongyuan

I had so long been troubled by official hat and robe

That I am glad to be an exile here in this wild southland.

I am a neighbour now of planters and reapers.

I am a guest of the mountains and woods.

I plough in the morning, turning dewy grasses,

And at evening tie my fisher-boat, breaking the quiet stream.

Back and forth I go, scarcely meeting anyone,

And sing a long poem and gaze at the blue sky. 

溪居

柳宗元

久为簪组累, 幸此南夷谪。

闲依农圃邻, 偶似山林客。

晓耕翻露草, 夜榜响溪石。

来往不逢人, 长歌楚天碧。

2016-06-24

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