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  • On the Way to the TempleAuthor(s): Wang Wei, Witter Bynner and Kiang Kang-huSource: Poetry, Vol. 19, No. 5 (Feb., 1922), p. 236Published by: Poetry FoundationStable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20573433 .Accessed: 16/05/2014 17:07

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  • POETRY: 4 Magazine of Verse

    Seems a fellow-voyager Returning with the evening-birds. A ruined city-wall overtops an old ferry, Autumn sunset floods the peaks. . .. Far away, beside Mount Sung, I shall rest and close my door.


    Cold and blue now are the mouLntains From autumn-rain that beat all day. By my thatch-door, leaning on my staff, I listen to cicadas in the evening wind. Sunset lingers at the ferry, Cooking-smoke floats up from the houses. . Oh, when shall 1 pledge Chieh-yu again, And sing a wild poem at Five Willows!


    Not knowing the way to the Temple of Heaped Fragrance, I have roamed, under miles of mountain-cloud, Old woods without a human track. But far on the height I hear a bell, A rillet sings over winding rocks, The sun is tempered by green pines... At twilight, close to an emptying pool, I lie and master the Passion-dragon.


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    Article Contentsp. 236

    Issue Table of ContentsPoetry, Vol. 19, No. 5 (Feb., 1922), pp. 235-294Front MatterPoems by Wang WeiAnswering Vice-Prefect Chang [pp. 235-235]Bound Home to Mount Sung [pp. 235-236]A Message to P'ai Ti [pp. 236-236]On the Way to the Temple [pp. 236-236]Mount Chung-Nan [pp. 237-237]A View of the Han River [pp. 237-237]In My Lodge at Wang-Ch'uan after a Long Rain [pp. 237-238]My Retreat at Chung-Nan [pp. 238-238]In a Retreat among Bamboos [pp. 238-238]Lines [pp. 238-238]A Parting [pp. 239-239]A Song at Wei-ch'eng [pp. 239-239]The Beautiful Hsi-shih [pp. 239-239]A Song of Young Girls from Lo-Yang [pp. 240-240]Harmonizing a Poem by Palace-Attendant Kuo [pp. 241-241]A Green Stream [pp. 241-241]

    In Praise of Abrigada [pp. 242-246]An Old Woman [pp. 247-247]I Complain in Passing [pp. 247-247]Winter Dawn [pp. 248-251]From a Chicago "L" [pp. 251-251]Fate [pp. 252-254]Hillside PoemsWinter Rain [pp. 255-255]A Naked Maple [pp. 255-256]Noontime [pp. 256-256]Judges [pp. 256-256]Alone on the Hill [pp. 257-257]

    IncidentalsDust in the Road [pp. 258-258]Taps [pp. 258-258]The Star [pp. 258-259]Portrait of an Old Rou [pp. 259-259]

    Tak for Sidst [pp. 259-259]In the OfficeThe Guardians [pp. 260-260]Aileen [pp. 260-260]

    Motherhood [pp. 261-261]The Lover [pp. 261-261]Fire [pp. 262-265]CommentThe Utterance of Poetry [pp. 266-272]Translating Wang Wei [pp. 272-278]

    ReviewsA Cool Master [pp. 278-288]Mr. Yeats' Plays [pp. 288-292]

    Notes [pp. 292-293]Books Received [pp. 293-294]


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