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THE FERRY, by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: Of marsh-mallows my boat is made
Last Line: So long you tarry at the crossing.
Alternate Author Name(s): Jian-wen; Xiao Gang; Ch'ien Wen-ti
Subject(s): China - Middle Ages (600 B.c.- 618 A.d.); Fear; Ferry Boats; Love - Complaints


OF marsh-mallows my boat is made,
The ropes are lily-roots.
The pole-star is athwart the sky:
The moon sinks low.
It's at the ferry I'm plucking lilies,
But it might be the Yellow River --
So afraid you seem of the wind and waves,
So long you tarry at the crossing.





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