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A Lute of Jade : selections from the classical poets of China   By: (1872-1945)

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A Lute of Jade: Being Selections from the Classical Poets of China by L. Cranmer Byng

[Note on text: Italicized words or phrases are capitalized. Some slight errors have been corrected.]

[Due to the method of transliteration used in this text, including many accent marks (and some strange ones), please refer to the following chart to see how these words originally appeared, and how they are presented in this text. In each case, the line with the letters is the same as in the text, and the accent marks are on the line above.

Names of People " " ^ ^ " Ch`u Yuan Meng Hao jan Ts`en Ts`an Po Chu i

" ^ Ssu K`ung T`u T`ai Chen Lao Tzu Chuang Tzu

Names of Places " Ssuch`uan Ch`u

The accent marked by an asterisk resembles the lower half of a circle.

It is noted in the appendix that Mr. Lionel Giles is responsible for these transliterations.]

[This etext has been transcribed from a New York edition of 1909. Please note that not only is the system of transliteration out of date (though perhaps still easier to use than the current standard), but other things may be out of date as well. The study of Chinese literature has come a long way from the time when Mr. Cranmer Byng had to include books in four languages to come up with a short bibliography. Still, this book may serve well as an introduction to the subject.]

A LUTE OF JADE

To Professor Herbert Giles

A Lute of Jade

Being Selections from the Classical Poets of China

Rendered with an Introduction by L. Cranmer Byng Author of "The Odes of Confucius"

With lutes of gold and lutes of Jade Li Po

Contents

Introduction The Ancient Ballads Poetry before the T`angs The Poets of the T`ang Dynasty A Poet's Emperor Chinese Verse Form The Influence of Religion on Chinese Poetry

The Odes of Confucius Sadness Trysting Time The Soldier

Ch`u Yuan The Land of Exile

Wang Seng ju Tears

Ch`en Tzu Ang The Last Revel

Sung Chih Wen The Court of Dreams

Kao Shih Impressions of a Traveller Desolation

Meng Hao jan The Lost One A Friend Expected

Ch`ang Ch`ien A Night on the Mountain

Ts`en Ts`an A Dream of Spring

Tu Fu The Little Rain A Night of Song The Recruiting Sergeant Chants of Autumn

Li Po To the City of Nan king Memories with the Dusk Return An Emperor's Love On the Banks of Jo yeh Thoughts in a Tranquil Night The Guild of Good fellowship Under the Moon Drifting

Wang Ch`ang ling The Song of the Nenuphars Tears in the Spring

Chang Chih ho A World Apart

Chang Jo hu

T`ung Han ching The Celestial Weaver

Po Chu i The Lute Girl The Never ending Wrong The River and the Leaf Lake Shang The Ruined Home A Palace Story Peaceful Old Age Sleeplessness The Grass Autumn across the Frontier The Flower Fair The Penalties of Rank The Island of Pines Springtide The Ancient Wind

Li Hua An Old Battle field

Ssu K`ung T`u Return of Spring The Colour of Life Set Free Fascination Tranquil Repose The Poet's Vision Despondent Embroideries Concentration Motion

Ou Yang Hsiu of Lu ling Autumn At the Graveside

Appendix

Editorial Note

The object of the Editors of this series is a very definite one. They desire above all things that, in their humble way, these books shall be the ambassadors of good will and understanding between East and West the old world of Thought and the new of Action. In this endeavour, and in their own sphere, they are but followers of the highest example in the land. They are confident that a deeper knowledge of the great ideals and lofty philosophy of Oriental thought may help to a revival of that true spirit of Charity which neither despises nor fears the nations of another creed and colour... Continue reading book >>




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