The Story Of Blue Willow...
Long ago, in the days when China was
ruled by Emperors, a Chinese Mandarin, Tso Ling, lived in the magnificent pagoda
under the branches of the apple tree on the right side of the bridge, over which
droops the famous willow tree, and in front of which is seen the graceful lines
of the fence. Tso Ling was the father of a beautiful girl Kwang-se, who was the
promised bride of an old but wealthy merchant. The girl, however, fell in love
with Chang, her father's clerk. The lovers eloped across the sea to the cottage
on the island. The mandarin pursued and caught the lovers and was about to have
them killed when the gods transformed them into a pair of turtle doves. These
are seen gazing into each other's eyes at the top of the design.
Many thanks to Margaret Singleton for sending this to me.