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Couplet

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Couplet
by Ezra Pound

from the Chinese poem by Li Po; first published in the endnotes of Pound's Cathay (1915).


Drawing a sword, cut into water, water again flow:
Raise cup, quench sorrow, sorrow again sorry.

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1927.


The author died in 1972, so this work is in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 49 years or less. This work may be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.