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THE INLAID HARP
Seven-character-regular-verse
THE INLAID HARP
---Li Shangyin

I wonder why my inlaid harp has fifty strings,
Each with its flower-like fret an interval of youth.
...The sage Chuangzi is day-dreaming, bewitched by butterflies,
The spring-heart of Emperor Wang is crying in a cuckoo,
Mermen weep their pearly tears down a moon-green sea,
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HARD ROADS IN SHU
Folk-song-styled-verse
HARD ROADS IN SHU
---Li Bai

Oh, but it is high and very dangerous!
Such travelling is harder than scaling the blue sky.
...Until two rulers of this region
Pushed their way through in the misty ages,
Forty-eight thousand years had passed
With nobody arriving across the Qin border.
And the Great White Mountain, westward, still has only a bird\'s path
Up to the summit of Emei Peak --
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Tune "Phoenix Hairpin"
The Garden of Shen
Tune :"Phoenix Hairpin"
---Lu You


Pink Hands so fine ,
Gold2branded wine ,
Spring paints the willows green
palace walls can’t confine.
East wind unfair ,
Happy times rare.
In my heart sad thoughts throng ;
We’ve severed for years long.
Wrong , wrong , wrong !
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A SIGH FROM A STAIRCASE OF JADE
Folk-song-styled-verse
A SIGH FROM A STAIRCASE OF JADE
---Li Bai


Her jade-white staircase is cold with dew;
Her silk soles are wet, she lingered there so long....
Behind her closed casement, why is she still waiting,
Watching through its crystal pane the glow of the autumn moon?

乐府  玉阶怨
---李白

玉阶生白露, 夜久侵罗袜。
却下水晶帘, 玲珑望秋月。
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THE SUMMER PALACE
Five-character-quatrain
THE SUMMER PALACE
---Yuan Zhen


In the faded old imperial palace,
Peonies are red, but no one comes to see them....
The ladies-in-waiting have grown white-haired
Debating the pomps of Emperor Xuanzong.

五言绝句   行宫
---元稹


寥落古行宫, 宫花寂寞红。
白头宫女在, 闲坐说玄宗。
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