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: https://ctext.org/library.pl?if=en&file=64893&page=30.
 Red characters rhyme.
"Sunji tu" 隼擊圖 by an anonymous artist of the Song dynasty (960-1279)
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Detail of "Feng ying zhiji tu" 楓鷹雉雞圖, attributed to Li Di 李迪 (fl. 12th century)
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