The clouds' root is like new skin,
Growing day and night on the endless rain.
What is this slice of stone?
It is a congealed spot of ancient clouds.
If it is touched by fragrant lamp-black (ink)
Essence of dew will sprinkle onto the brush tip.
Using this brush to write the sage's classics,
All will be enriched the whole world wide.
Inscribed by Cha Sheng of western Chekiang in early summer of 1686.