In youth I could not do what everyone else did

by T'ao Ch'ien


Original Language Chinese

In youth I could not do what everyone else did;
It was my nature to love the mountains and hills.
By mistake I got caught in the dusty snare,
I went away and stayed for thirteen years.

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