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READING THE BOOK OF HILLS AND SEAS, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: In the month of june the grass grows high
Last Line: He will never be happy, whom such pleasures fail to please!
Alternate Author Name(s): T'ao Yuan-ming; Tao Yuanming; Tao Qian
Subject(s): China - Early Period (to 200 B.c.); China - Middle Ages (600 B.c.- 618 A.d.)


IN the month of June the grass grows high
And round my cottage thick-leaved branches sway.
There is not a bird but delights in the place where it rests:
And I too -- love my thatched cottage.
I have done my ploughing:
I have sown my seed.
Again I have time to sit and read my books.
In the narrow lane there are no deep ruts:
Often my friends' carriages turn back.
In high spirits I pour out my spring wine
And pluck the lettuce growing in my garden.
A gentle rain comes stealing up from the east
And a sweet wind bears it company.
My thoughts float idly over the story of King Chou
My eyes wander over the pictures of Hills and Seas.
At a single glance I survey the whole Universe.
He will never be happy, whom such pleasures fail to please!





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