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p. 69


The Chu Kan; narrative. A daughter of the house of Wei, married in another state, expresses her longing to revisit Wei.

1With long and tapering rods,
  You angle in the Ch‘i.
I think of you, dear friends,
  Here far removed from Wei.

2Ch‘üan-yüan upon the left,
  Ch‘i on the right I view.
But married far away,
  To home I bade adieu.

3Those streams, this on the right,
  That on the left, appear.
The laugh that shows your teeth,
  Your tinkling gems, I hear.

4I watch the cedar oars
  On Ch‘i, and boats of pine.
O might I travel there,
  And soothe this heart of mine!

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