XLIX

 

  1. For the seven lakes, and by no man these verses:

  2. Rain; empty river; a voyage,
  3. Fire from frozen cloud, heavy rain in the twilight
  4. Under the cabin roof was one lantern.
  5. The reeds are heavy; bent;
  6. and the bamboos speak as if weeping.

  7. Autumn moon; hills rise about lakes
  8. against sunset
  9. Evening is like a curtain of cloud, 
  10. a blurr above ripples; and through it
  11. sharp long spikes of the cinnamon,
  12. a cold tune amid reeds.
  13. Behind hill the monk’s bell
  14. borne on the wind.
  15. Sail passed here in April; may return in October
  16. Boat fades in silver; slowly;
  17. Sun blaze alone on the river.

  18. Where wine flag catches the sunset
  19. Sparse chimneys smoke in the cross light
     
    Comes then snow scur on the river 
  20. And a world is covered with jade 
  21. Small boat floats like a lanthorn
  22. The flowing water clots as with cold. And at San Yin
  23. they are a people of leisure. 
  24. Wild geese swoop to the sand-bar, 
  25. Clouds gather about the hole of the window 
  26. Broad water; geese line out with the autumn 
  27. Rooks clatter over the fishermen’s lanthorns, 
  28. A light moves on the north sky line; 

  29. where the young boys prod stones for shrimp. 
  30. In seventeen hundred  came Tsing to these hill lakes.
  31. A light moves on the south sky line. 

  32. state by creating riches shd thereby get into debt?
  33. This is infamy; this is Geryon
  34. This canal goes still to TenShi
  35. though the old king built it for pleasure 

  36. K  E  I   M  E  N     R A N      K  E  I
  37. K  I  U     M  A  N     M A N     K  E  I 
  38. JITSU    GETSU      K     O      K W A 
  39. T A N     F U K U     T A N       K  A  I 

  40. Sun up;  work
  41. sundown;  to rest 
  42. dig well and drink of the water 
  43. dig field; eat of the grain 
  44. Imperial power is? and to us what is it? 

  45. The fourth; the dimension of stillness.
  46. And the power over wild beasts.