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AFTERWORD

MILTON CUTHBERTS TRANSLATIONS were much inspired by Ezra Pound, whose rendering of the second century B.C. poet Mei Sheng has everything in common with the poem that Chan found in the diplomats library. The quotation from The River Song is from Pounds translation of Li Po.

On the other hand, Chan himself possessed an original talent; that is to say, the quotation from Lao-tsu on the last page is not to be found in any of the Masters known works.

The phrase borrowed place living on borrowed time, quoted in Chapter 2, was coined by the late Richard Hughes.


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