Xiao Gang (a.k.a. Emperor Jianwen di, reign 549-551) of the Liang dynasty
Late sun warms the deserted jetty,
Picking lotuses by evening’s glow.
Wind rising; the lake crossing, hard.
So many lotuses, undiminished by the harvest.
The oar moves, the petals fall.
The boat sways, the white egret takes flight.
Lotus silk entwines about our wrists,
Water caltrop pulls at our sleeves.
Xu Ling 徐陵 (507-583), comp., Yütai xinyong 玉臺新詠 (New Songs from Jade Terrace, 6th century), juan 卷 7.