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First Line: In the southern village the boy who minds the ox
Last Line: And a dark smoke oozes through the thatched roof.
Alternate Author Name(s): Wu-kuan; Lu You
Subject(s): China - Tang Dynasty (618-905); Shepherds & Shepherdesses


IN the southern village the boy who minds the ox
With his naked feet stands on the ox's back.
Through the hole in his coat the river wind blows;
Through his broken hat the mountain rain pours.
On the long dyke he seemed to be far away;
In the narrow lane suddenly we were face to face.

The boy is home and the ox is back in its stall;
And a dark smoke oozes through the thatched roof.





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