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Recording: 07.26 to 08.10     View Illustration 12     Return to Da Hujia scroll title page 首頁
Scene 11: Waters freeze over and the grass withers (marking the 12th year in captivity) 水凍草枯

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

Days come and months go by, time hurries along;
By the movement of the year-star (Jupiter), it is now almost twelve years.
Winter or summer, we lie in frost and sleet;
When the water freezes and the grass withers I mark another year.
In China we have a cyclical calendar to mark the full and new moon,
But in these far-off lands the sun, moon, and stars only hang meaninglessly in the sky.
Many times the migratory geese come and go;
I am brokenhearted as the moon wanes and again grows full.

 
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