Snapping a Willow Branch by Cao Pi (Zihuan)

The Western Mountain—how high is it!
High, high, beyond all limits!
On its crest are two immortal lads
Who neither drink nor eat.
They offered me a pellet of a drug,
Bright and radiant, of five colors.

From: Kirkova, Zornica, Roaming into the Beyond: Representations of Xian Immortality in Early Medieval Chinese Verse, 2016, Brill: Leiden, Netherlands, pp. 248-249.

Date: c210 (original); c1960 (translation)

By: Cao Pi (Zihuan) (187-226)

Translated by: Lu Qinli (1910-1973)


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