My Sanctuary

Meng Shu Ch'ing
Chinese, Ming Dynasty, 1368 - 1643

On the low wall of my garden
There stands a tiny shrine,
In the shadow of the trees.

When I am weary of this sad world,
And of man's turmoil and strife,
I steal off

To my shrine among the trees.

There, with silent prayer and incense,
I find my soul again -
And thank Heaven
For my shrine among the trees.

  In The Hundred Names
  Trans. Henry H. Hart





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