The man pushing behind, the woman pulling in front.
They have left the city and do not know where to go.
'Green, green, those elm tree leaves; they will cure my hunger,
If only we could find some quiet place and sup them together.'
The wind has flattened the yellow mother-wort;
Above it in the distance they see the walls of a house.
'There surely must be people living who'll give you something to eat.'
They tap at the door, but no one comes; they look in, but the kitchen
They stand hesitating in the lonely road and their tears fall like rain.
Ch'en Tzu-Lung (1608-1647) trans: A Waley
A peasant uprising as a result of a severe drought led to the collapse of the Ming Dynasty in 1644.