YI PANG-WON AND CHONG MONG-JU
The following sijo exchange is said to have taken place between Yi Pang-wŏn (1367–1422), fifth son of Yi Song-gye, founder of the Choson Dynasty, and Chŏng Mong-ju (1337–1392), Koryŏ statesman and loyalist. (The numbers following the names are the entry numbers for these sijo texts in Ch'ong Pyŏng-uk's Sijo munhak sajon. See the Notes for publication details.)
Things go this way, like them or not; things go that way too. What if the vines on Mansu Mountain grow tangled and long? What of that? Let us unwind just like them and enjoy life a hundred years more.
Yi Pang-wŏn (1641)
Though this body die and die and die again, White bones become but dust, a soul exist, then not, Still this single-hearted loyalty to my lord: how could it waver, ever?
Chŏng Mong-ju (1666)