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Sijo Masters in Translation

Korean Sijo by Yun Tusŏ

(1668 - ?)

Yun Tusŏ was a well-regarded Korean calligrapher and painter. He was the great-grandson of famed poet Yun Sŏndo (I587-1671), the leading sijo poet of the Chosŏn Dynasty. It is unknown how many sijo Yun Tusŏ wrote, for only this one has survived.

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Untouched at the edge of the path,
a jewel covered with mud.

How many have passed it by,
seeing nothing but its surface?

Stay there, gem, look like dirt
till someone sees with a loving eye.

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Updated 071219

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