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The Melody of the Land South of the River
Li, Yi (748 A.D.-829 A.D.)
I married a merchant
Who often traveled to the Ju-tang Gorge
And always put off the day of his return.
If I had known that the tide ebbs and flows regularly,
I would have married a tide player
The river refers to the Yangtze River.
The Ju-tang Gorge is a treacherous section of the Yangtze River.
When the tide came in, tide players would ride a small boat to meet the tide. Breaking dangerous waves, the boat would advance and retreat with the tide.