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朱彝尊《清平樂·題水墨南瓜》“To the Tune ‘Joy of Pure Peace’, inscribed on a painting of pumpkins” by Zhu Yizun [1629-1709]





Twining tendrils, trailing vines

Sit in the wild with no one caring.

[I] just found [their] leafy hut half in blossom,

And soon a wealth of green and yellow.





In such a year of costly grains and hungry men,

Each village peels off elm bark, leaving nothing.

[These pumpkins] will make a good meal for a farmer,

And a reason to smile for his wife and children.

*From Zhu Yizhun, Pushuting ji 曝書亭集, Wenyuange Siku Quanshu 文淵閣四庫全書 (Shanghai: Shanghai guji chubanshe, 1987) edition, vol. 1318, 28.24b-25a:

Album leaf by Han You 韓祐 (fl. 12th century)

Image credit: National Palace Museum, Taipei

Winter gift from a friend's garden


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