A Hundred and Seventy Chinese Poems/Illness

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Sad, sad — lean with long illness;
Monotonous, monotonous — days and nights pass.
The summer trees have clad themselves in shade;
The autumn "Ian"[1] already houses the dew.
The eggs that lay in the nest when I took to bed
Have changed into little birds and flown away.
The worm that then lay hidden in its hole
Has hatched into a cricket sitting on the tree.
The Four Seasons go on for ever and ever:
In all Nature nothing stops to rest
Even for a moment. Only the sick man's heart
Deep down still aches as of old!

  1. The epidendrum.