The Faithful Heart

Though this body die and die,
    though it die a hundred times;
though these bones bleach and pulverize to dust;
    whether my soul will be or will not be––
This heart was pledged to my lord:
    how could it ever change?

This poem is in the public domain. The Ever White Mountain; Korean Lyrics in the Classical Sijo Form (Rutland, Vt., Tuttle, 1965).