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Astronomical globe,
An Inscription for the Sanyi Stupa
When thunder and raging fires were slaughtering mankind,
Amid the ruins survived a starving pidgeon.
One of great heart then took it from the ashes,
Later to build for it an Eastern tomb.
When the bird's spirit wakes it carries stones;
Warriors stand firm to stem the flood together.
After we two have endured a kalpa,
We shall meet smiling and our hate will die.

                                    Lu Xun  (1931)
Untitled Index, Lu Xun Two Poems for a friend
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