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The following poem was written by Miu Hsi, and is found in Han Burial Songs. It is a poem about death from the perspective of the dead.

"Bearer's Song"


When I was alive, I wandered in the streets of the Capital;

Now that I am dead, I am left to lie in the fields.

In the morning I drove out from the High Hall;

In the evening I lodged beneath the yellow springs.

When the white sun had sunk in the Western Chasm

I hung up my chariot and rested my four horses.

Now, even the Maker of All

Could not bring the life back to my limbs.

Shape and substance day by day will vanish.

Hair and teeth will gradually fall away.

Always from the days of old men has it been this way

And none born can escape this thing.

 

 

     

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