Signature: Yao Hua Mangmangfu
Dated mid-autumn, 1924 at Lianhua Temple
Artist's inscription: Prose poem, Recalling the Hermit, by Huao nan xiaoshan
Laurel grows in seclusion on the quiet mountain.
Heavy branches and thick leaves are interwoven.
The mountains are wrapped in mist; peaks rise on upon another.
Cliffs sever the valley. The streams flash.
Throngs of monkeys and gibbons cry while tigers and panthers roar.
They climb and cling to the laurel.
The hermit ventured here and has remained.
The spring grasses sprout luxuriantly.
How distressing that the year must end.
Cicadas sing their qiuqiu.
Fig surrounds the mountains.
The mountains path(?) is rugged.
Ambition wanes; the spirit falters.
Ambition and self have been repressed.
Loneliness and melancholy prevail.
Here the tiger and panther live.
Amongst the thistles and thorns one trembles.
There are dangerous towering peaks and clusters of rocks.
Tangled trees mesh with roots and grass.
This disorderly vegetation [grows] bent by the wind.
White Roe and River deer rest or cavort.
With a strange look they huddle closely.
Their gleaming coats seem wet.
Monkeys and bears cry sadly, seeking company.
They climb and cling to the laurels.
Tigers and panthers fight; bears growl.
Frightened birds and animals flee.
Oh hermit, please return.
Do not remain too long in the mountains.
Artist's seal: Yao Hua (square, white characters)
Marking: Collectors' seals: Robert Hatfield Ellsworth (two)