Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, EMBROIDERIES, by SSU-K'UNG T'U



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First Line: If rank and wealth within the mind abide
Last Line: O wine of spring, the vintage of the wise.
Alternate Author Name(s): Piao-sheng


If rank and wealth within the mind abide,
Then gilded dust is all your yellow gold.
Kings in their fretted palaces grow old;
Youth dwells for ever at Contentment's side.
A mist cloud hanging at the river's brim,
Pink almond flowers along the purple bough,
A hut rose-girdled under moon-swept skies,
A painted bridge half-seen in shadows dim, --
These are the splendours of the poor, and thou,
O wine of spring, the vintage of the wise.







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