The Selected Poems of Wang Wei by Wang Wei
New house Mengcheng entrance
Old tree surplus sorrow willow
Come person again for who
Only sorrow former person be


Who will come after, I do not know,
He must feel sorrow for those in the past.
The woods have stored the rain, and slow comes the smoke
As rice is cooked on ******* and carried to the fields;
Over the quiet marsh-land flies a white egret,
And mango-birds are singing in the full summer trees....
I have learned to watch in peace the mountain morningglories,
To eat split dewy sunflower-seeds under a bough of pine,
To yield the post of honour to any boor at all....
Why should I frighten sea gulls, even with a thought?
Its massive height near the City of Heaven
Joins a thousand mountains to the corner of the sea.
Clouds, when I look back, close behind me,
Mists, when I enter them, are gone.
A central peak divides the wilds
And weather into many valleys.
...Needing a place to spend the night,
I call to a wood-cutter over the river

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