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CHINESE LITERATURE


"See the moon,—how she glances
 response to my song;
See my shadow,—it dances
 so lightly along!
While sober I feel
 you are both my good friends;
When drunken I reel,
 our companionship ends.
But we'll soon have a greeting
 without a good-bye,
At our next merry meeting
 away in the sky"

His control of the "stop-short" is considered to be perfect:—

(1.) "The birds have all flown to their roost in the tree,
 The last cloud has just floated lazily by;
 But we never tire of each other, not we,
 As we sit there together,—the mountains
 and I."

(2.) "I wake, and moonbeams play around my bed,
 Glittering like hoar-frost to my wondering eyes;
 Up towards the glorious moon I raise my head,
 Then lay me down,—and thoughts of
 home arise."

The following are general extracts:—

A Parting.


(1.) "The river rolls crystal as clear as the sky,
 To blend far away with the blue waves of ocean;
 Man alone, when the hour of departure is nigh,
 With the wine-cup can soothe his emotion.

 "The birds of the valley sing loud in the sun,
 Where the gibbons their vigils will shortly be keeping:
 I thought that with tears I had long ago done,
 But now I shall never cease weeping."