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DESOLATION, by            
First Line: There was a king of liang - a king of wondrous might
Alternate Author Name(s): Ta-fu
Subject(s): Desolation


I

There was a King of Liang -- a king of wondrous might --
Who kept an open palace, where music charmed the night --


II

Since he was Lord of Liang a thousand years have flown,
And of the towers he builded yon ruin stands alone.


III

There reigns a heavy silence; gaunt weeds through windows pry,
And down the streets of Liang old echoes, wailing, die.


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