"Planting Bamboos"
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Unrewarded, my will to serve the State; At my closed door autumn grasses grow.
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"Planting Bamboos"

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Unrewarded, my will to serve the State;

At my closed door autumn grasses grow.

What could I do to ease a rustic heart?

I planted bamboos, more than a hundred shoots.

When I see their beauty, as they grow by the stream-side,

I feel again as though I lived in the hills,

And many a time on public holidays

Round their railing I walk till night comes.

Do not say that their roots are still weak,

Do not say that their shade is still small;

Already I feel that both in garden and house

Day by day a fresher air moves.

But most I love, lying near the window-side,

To hear in their branches the sound of the autumn-wind.

—Bai Juyi, "Planting Bamboos", trans. Arthur Waley

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