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Tea house roof,
Daoist Mountain,
To O.E. on taking Orchids back to his Country.
The pepper-tree burnt, the cassia split, and the
    beauties all aging,
The orchid still shows its pureness of heart on a
    well-hidden crag.
And yet we spare this sweet smelling plant
    for the travelling stranger,
As brambles and thorns have now all run wild
    across its unfortunate land.

                                    Lu Xun  (1931)
Mourning Fan Ainong Index, Lu Xun Untitled
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