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Harriet Monroe, ed. (1860–1936).  Poetry: A Magazine of Verse.  1912–22.
 
On the Birth of a Son
By Arthur Waley, trans.
 
From “Chinese Poems”

Su Shih—Eleventh Century

FAMILIES when a child is born
Hope it will turn out intelligent.
I, through intelligence
Having wrecked my whole life,
Only hope that the baby will prove        5
Ignorant and stupid.
Then he’ll be happy all his days
And grow into a Cabinet Minister.
 
 
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