Wil­low Pat­tern

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Ob­jects that we use ev­ery day of­ten have fas­ci­nat­ing sto­ries at­tached to them, whether fact or fic­tion. One that we are of­ten asked about is the fairy tale sur­round­ing the blue and white Wil­low Pat­tern de­sign on crock­ery. As you might ex­pect, there are sev­eral vari­a­tions, but this is a poem which was sent to us many years ago by Eric Ed­wards from Carnegie in Vic­to­ria, Aus­tralia. The pretty blue plate that I use at

tea, A story it has which it tells to me: As soon as I’ve fin­ished my slice of

bread, A beau­ti­ful fairy tale is there in­stead. I’ll tell you the tale as it was told to

me, The tale of the beau­ti­ful maid

Choon- She, Whose heart and whose head,

Chang was feign to win, But Chang was the clerk of the

Man­darin. And the Man­darin’s clerk no match

was he For the Man­darin’s daugh­ter, the fair

Choon- She. The Man­darin found her a wealthy

mate, But she shook her head and his

wrath was great; So he shut her up in the house you

see On the left of the tem­ple, this poor

Choon- She; But Chang was true, here’s the boat

he cut, From the empty shell of the co­conut. Then Chang, dis­guised, through the

gar­den crept And he freed his love while the

Man­darin slept; Across the bridge be­hold them flee, The valiant Chang and the fair

Choon- She, While the Man­darin fol­lows with

bran­dished whip, But they sailed away in the nut­shell

ship; On an is­land set in the sky- blue sea Was a home for Chang and his

bride, Choon- She. But the wealthy wooer pur­sued the

pair And he tracked them out and he

found them there, And he fired their house, with an

evil glee

Did the baf­fled suitor of fair Choon

She; But the gen­tle souls of the lov­ing

pair Flew out like doves to the open air And they soar on high as you may

see On the wil­low pat­tern plate that I

use at tea. 8. God­wit 9. Puf­fin 10. Owl

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