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Poem on Early Spring

Unidentified Artist
After Zheng Xie (Chinese, 1693–1765)
19th–20th century
Hanging scroll; ink on paper
Image: 53 7/16 x 26 in. (135.7 x 66 cm) Overall: 53 3/8 x 26in. (135.6 x 66cm) Overall with knobs: 84 1/4 x 34 5/8 in. (214 x 87.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of John M. Crawford Jr., 1988
Accession Number:
Not on view
Signature: Six lines in running script; signed, undated, two artist's seals

The poem reads:
South and north of the river, show is
just melting.
Foggy tender yellows merge on the new
The traveler who passed has been on the
Ba River.
The visitor from Qu left fast, as before
the swing of a dancing maiden.
Spring comes with rain on the road.
Evening sun sends a breeze over the
desolate bridges.
Like a thread of cotton, of silk,
pulling the [heartfelt] regret.
How very far is the young man's route
of return.

Inscribed: To my old colleague Yuan. Banqiao Zheng Xie.

Two seals: Zheng Xie zhiyin; Weiyi Zhang

Inscription: Colophons:
Leaves 25-27:
Gu Lin (1476–1545), 11 lines in small standard script, dated 1517.
Seal: Caizhi sheng (square, relief)
Leaves 28-31:
Chen Shun (1483–1544), 12 lines in running-cursive script, dated 1536.
Seals: Daofu (square, intaglio); Baiyang shanren (square, intaglio)
Leaves 32-33:
Wang Chong (1494–1533), 7 lines in small standard script, dated 1526.
Seal: Wang Chung siyin (square, intaglio)
Leaves 34-36:
Wen Boren (1502–1575), 10 lines in running-standard script, dated 1529.
Seal: Yizai qingyuan (square, intaglio)

Marking: Collector's seal: John M. Crawford, Jr., 1 seal
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