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Recording: 04.25 to 05.02     View Illustration 8     Return to Da Hujia scroll title page 首頁
Scene 7: (Nomad music on) a cloudless night 竟夕無霄

From 18 Songs of a Nomad Flute, here illustrating the qin melody Da Hujia (Nomad Reed Pipe, Long Version)
Scroll painting and calligraphy by Bai Yunli based on a Song dynasty original; poem by Liu Shang translated by Robert Rorex and Wen Fong

Their men and women both carry bows and arrows;
Their border ponies and native sheep lie about in frost and sleet.
How can there be freedom for me to take a single step in any direction?
Neither living stealthily nor begging for an early death can be my true wish.
I listen to the pili of Qiuzi (in Xinjiang) in sadness;
The pipa of Suiye (west of Lake Baikal) makes mournful sounds in the deep of the night.
Through the cloudless night the moon rises high in the sky;
Oh, but I must see my home town again!

 
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