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A seven-year-old girl, famous already for her poetic gifts, is brought before the empress Wu in 7th-century China. She is asked to improvize a poem on the subject of saying farewell to her brother. This is what she says:

'In the pavilion of separation, the leaves suddenly blew away.

On the road of farewell, the clouds lifted all of a sudden.

Ah! How I regret that men are not like the wild geese

Who go on their way together.'

Quoted Bamber Gascoigne The Treasures and Dynasties of China, Cape 1973, page 113


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