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A Lost Tang Poem Rediscovered

10 September 2006
 

“一别行千里,来时未有期,月中三十日,无夜不相思。”

Once depart, a thousand miles apart,
The end of the separation, is not in sight,
A month, thirty days straight,
Not a single night, you’re not in my mind.

The pot with the poem

This fine Tang poem wasn’t known to public until very recently. When a porcelain pot of the Tang Dynasty (618-907) was examined for an auction that is held at Beijing International Hotel on September 7 -10, the dealers noticed a verse inscribed on the pot. However the verse is not included in the Complete Collection of Tang Poems (《全唐诗》).

Thanks to the pot, so we have a chance to read this poem today.

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上有天堂,下有苏杭。

Above there is Heaven,
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