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Return To Nature (I)
Return To Nature (I)
                  ---by Tao Yuanming
While young, I was not used to worldly cares,
And hills became my natural compeers,
But by mistakes I fell in mundane snares
And thus entangled was for thirteen years.
A caged bird would long for wonted wood,
And fish in tanks for native pools would yearn.
Go back to till my southern fields I would.
The Last Song and Song Of The Big Wind
The Last Song
              ---Xiang Yu
I could pull down a mountain with my might,
My fortune wanes and e'en my steed won't fight,
Whether my steed will fight, I do not care.
The Roadside Mulberry
The Roadside Mulberry

The rising sun from southeast nooks
Shines on the house of Qin, who
Has a daughter of lovely looks;
She calls herself Luo-fu.
She picks mulberry leaves still new
To feed silkworms in southern nook,
Her basket's bound with silk thread blue,
Of laurel bough is made a hook.
                  ---Li Shangyin

The east wind sighs, the fine rains come:
Beyond the pool of water-lilies, the noise of faint thunder.
A gold toad gnaws the lock. Open it, burn the incense.
A tiger of jade pulls the rope. Draw from the well and escape.
Fairy Of The Magpie Bridge

Fairy Of The Magpie Bridge
                                   ---Qin Guan [ Song Dynasty (960-1279)]

Among the beautiful clouds,
Over the heavenly river,
Crosses the weaving maiden.

A night of rendezvous,
Across the autumn sky.
Dao De Jing (6)

The Valley Spirit never dies.
It is named the Mysterious Female.
And the Doorway of the Mysterious Female
Is the base from which Heaven and Earth sprang.
It is there within us all the while;
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