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楊承鯤《鷹》“The Hawk” by Yang Chengkun (1550-1589)









Most birds live each in their own flock,

Yet the lone hawk flies on its own.

Across the vast azure [it] goes ten thousand miles,

And with coloured arms returns [like] a sole star.

Whooshing, its wind[-wrought] feathers flutter;

Piercing, its lightning eyes glitter.

Thus burns its fierce ambition,

For whom do chickens and ducks get plump?

* From Yang Chengkun 楊承鯤 (1550-1589), Yongshang qijiu shi 甬上耆舊詩 (Wenyuange yingyin Siku quanshu 文淵閣景印四庫全書 vol. 1474, Shanghai: Shanghai guji chubanshe, 1987), 22.16a:

[1] Red characters rhyme.

"Sunji tu" 隼擊圖 by an anonymous artist of the Song dynasty (960-1279)

Image credit: National Palace Museum, Taipei

Detail of "Feng ying zhiji tu" 楓鷹雉雞圖, attributed to Li Di 李迪 (fl. 12th century)

Image credit: Palace Museum, Beijing


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