Montag, April 14


True Friends

A long time ago in China
there were two friends,
one who played the harp skillfully
and one who listened skillfully.
When the one played or sang about a mountain,
the other would say:
"I can see the mountain before us."
When the other played about water,
the listener would exclaim:
"Here is the running stream!"
But the listener fell sick and died.
The first friend cut the strings of his harp
and never played again.
Since that time the cutting of harp strings
has always been a sign of intimate friendship.

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