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ON THE BIRTH OF HIS SON, by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: Families, when a child is born
Last Line: By becoming a cabinet minister.
Alternate Author Name(s): Su Dongpo; Tzu-chan; Su Tung-p'o; Su Shi
Subject(s): Birth; China - Tang Dynasty (618-905); Parents; Child Birth; Midwifery; Parenthood


Families, when a child is born
Want it to be intelligent.
I, through intelligence,
Having wrecked my whole life,
Only hope the baby will prove
Ignorant and stupid.
Then he will crown a tranquil life
By becoming a Cabinet Minister.





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