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BY THE PURPLE CLIFF
Seven-character-quatrain
BY THE PURPLE CLIFF
---Du Mu

On a part of a spear still unrusted in the sand
I have burnished the symbol of an ancient kingdom....
Except for a wind aiding General Zhou Yu,
Spring would have sealed both Qiao girls in CopperBird Palace.
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ON THE EVE OF GOVERNMENT EXAMINATIONS
Seven-character-quatrain
ON THE EVE OF GOVERNMENT EXAMINATIONS TO SECRETARY ZHANG
---Zhu Qingyu

Out go the great red wedding-chamber candles.
Tomorrow in state the bride faces your parents.
She has finished preparing; she asks of you meekly
Whether her eyebrows are painted in fashion.

七言绝句   近试上张水部
---朱庆余


洞房昨夜停红烛, 待晓堂前拜舅姑。
妆罢低声问夫婿, 画眉深浅入时无。
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SONG OF LIANGZHOU

Seven-character-quatrain
A SONG OF LIANGZHOU
---Wang Han

They sing, they drain their cups of jade,
They strum on horseback their guitars.
...Why laugh when they fall asleep drunk on the sand ? --
How many soldiers ever come home?
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A SONG OF WHITE SNOW IN FAREWELL TO FIELD-CLERK WU GOING HOME
Seven-character-ancient-verse
A SONG OF WHITE SNOW IN FAREWELL  TO FIELD-CLERK WU GOING HOME
---Cen Can


The north wind rolls the white grasses and breaks them;
And the Eighth-month snow across the Tartar sky
Is like a spring gale, come up in the night,
Blowing open the petals of ten thousand peartrees.
It enters the pearl blinds, it wets the silk curtains;
A fur coat feels cold, a cotton mat flimsy;
Bows become rigid, can hardly be drawn
And the metal of armour congeals on the men;
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ALONE IN HER BEAUTY
Five-character-ancient-verse
ALONE IN HER BEAUTY
---Du Fu


Who is lovelier than she?
Yet she lives alone in an empty valley.
She tells me she came from a good family
Which is humbled now into the dust.
...When trouble arose in the Kuan district,
Her brothers and close kin were killed.
What use were their high offices,
Not even shielding their own lives? --
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