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In the Still of the Night
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the Still of the Night
---Li Bai


I descry bright moonlight in front of my bed.
I suspect it to be hoary frost on the floor.
I watch the bright moon, as I tilt back my head.
I yearn, while stooping, for my homeland more.

静夜思
---李白


床前明月光,疑是地上霜.
举头望明月,低头思故乡.
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A Painted Hide
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This is a story from Strange Tales from Make-Do Studio. One day a scholar named Wang Sheng in Taiyuan met, on his way out, a beautiful girl. He brought her back to be kept in his study. The girl adked him not to tell anybody. Days later, Wang met a Taoist priest, who asked,\"Did you have any peculiar encounter?"

"No," Wang firmly denied."But you have an evil air in your face," the priest sasid with a worried look. "And your blook is about to be drained by a moster." Back home, before he entered the room, Wang looked into his study through the window lattice. He saw a fierce-looking devil was painting a hide. Upon hearing his footsteps the devil hurriedly draped the hide and became the beautiful girl again. Frightened almost to death, Wang broke into a
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Donkeys in Guizhou
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Donkeys in Guizhou
---Liu Zongyuan


There was no donkeys in Guizhou until an eccentric took one there by boat,but finding no use for it he set it loose in the hills.A tiger who saw this monstrous-looking beast thought it must be divine.It first surveyed the donkey from under cover,then ventured a little nearer,still keeping a respectful distance however.
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GUAN JU
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Guan-guan go the ospreys ,
On the islet in the river .
The modest , retiring , virtuous , young lady : --
For our prince a good mate she .
Here long , there short , is the duckweed ,
To the left , to the right , borne about by the current .
The modest , retiring , virtuous , young lady : --
Waking and sleeping , he sought her .
He sought her and found her not ,
And waking and sleeping he thought about her .
Long he thought ; oh ! long and anxiously ;
On his side , on his back , he turned , and back again .
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THE INLAID HARP
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THE INLAID HARP
---Li Shangyin

I wonder why my inlaid harp has fifty strings,
Each with its flower-like fret an interval of youth.
...The sage Chuangzi is day-dreaming, bewitched by butterflies,
The spring-heart of Emperor Wang is crying in a cuckoo,
Mermen weep their pearly tears down a moon-green sea,
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HARD ROADS IN SHU
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HARD ROADS IN SHU
---Li Bai

Oh, but it is high and very dangerous!
Such travelling is harder than scaling the blue sky.
...Until two rulers of this region
Pushed their way through in the misty ages,
Forty-eight thousand years had passed
With nobody arriving across the Qin border.
And the Great White Mountain, westward, still has only a bird\'s path
Up to the summit of Emei Peak --
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