Some few days later when Wang Yun was at court and Lu Bu was
上海419 / 2018年10月18日

Some few days later when Wang Yun was at court and Lu Bu was absent, Wang Yun bowed low before Dong Zhuo and said, “I wish that you would deign to come to dine at my lowly cottage: Could your noble thought bend that way?” “Should you invite me, I would certainly hasten,” was the reply. Wang Yun thanked him. then Wang Yun went home and prepared in the reception hall a feast in which figured every delicacy from land and sea. Beautiful embroideries surrounded the chief seat in the center, and elegant curtains were hung within and without. At noon next day, when the Prime Minister arrived, Wang Yun met him at the gate in full court costume. Wang Yun stood by while Dong Zhuo stepped out of his chariot, and Dong Zhuo and a host of one hundred armed guards crowded into the hall. Dong Zhuo took his seat at the top, his suite fell into two lines right and left, while Wang Yun stood humbly at the lower end. Dong Zhuo bade his people conduct Wang Yun to a place beside himself.   [e] Yi Yin was was helper and prime minister of King Tang, the founder of…

So Dong Zhuo composed something like this:
上海419 / 2018年10月5日

So Dong Zhuo composed something like this: “Thy servant knows that the continual rebellions owe their origin to Zhang Rang and the Regular Attendants of the Inner Bureau, who act counter to all recognized precepts. Now to stop the ebullition of a pot the best way is to withdraw the fire; to cut out an abscess, though painful, is better than to nourish the evil. I have dared undertake a military advance on the capital, with thy permission, and now pray that Zhang Rang and the other eunuchs be removed for the happiness of the dynasty and of the empire.” He Jin read this memorial and showed it to his partisans. then said Minister Zheng Tai, “A fierce wild beast: If he comes, his prey will be humans!” He Jin replied, “You are too timorous: You are unequal to GREat schemes.” But Lu Zhi also said, “Long have I known this man. In appearance innocent, he is a very wolf at heart. Let him in, and calamity enters with him. Stop him, do not let him come, and thus will you avoid upheaval.” He Jin was obstinate, and both Zheng Tai and Lu Zhi gave up their posts and retired,…

The eunuchs persuaded the ladies to retire.
上海419 / 2018年10月5日

The eunuchs persuaded the ladies to retire. But in the night Empress He summoned her brother into the Palace and told him what had occurred. He went out and took counsel with the principal officers of state. Next morning a court was held and a memorial was presented, saying: “Empress Dong, being the foster mother of Liu Xian, Prince of Chenliu, a regional prince—only a collateral—cannot properly occupy any part of the Palace. She is to be removed into her riginal fief of Hejian and is to depart immediately.” And while they sent an escort to remove Empress Dong, a strong guard was placed about the Imperial Uncle Dong Chong’s dwelling. They took away his seal of office and he, knowing this was the end, killed himself in his private apartments. His dependents, who wailed his death, were driven off by the guards. The eunuchs Zhang Rang and Duan Gui, having lost their patroness, sent large gifts to He Jin’s younger brother, He Miao, and his mother, Lady Wuyang, and thus got them to put in a good word to Empress He so as to gain her protection. And so they gained favor once more at court. In the sixth…

Let bugles cry our victory!
上海419 / 2018年9月29日

Let bugles cry our victory! Lu Lun BORDER-SONGS II The woods are black and a wind assails the grasses, Yet the general tries night archery — And next morning he finds his white-plumed arrow Pointed deep in the hard rock. Lu Lun BORDER-SONGS III High in the faint moonlight, wildgeese are soaring. Tartar chieftains are fleeing through the dark — And we chase them, with horses lightly burdened And a burden of snow on our bows and our swords. Lu Lun BORDER-SONGS IV Let feasting begin in the wild camp! Let bugles cry our victory! Let us drink, let us dance in our golden armour! Let us thunder on rivers and hills with our drums! Li Yi A SONG OF THE SOUTHERN RIVER Since I married the merchant of Qutang He has failed each day to keep his word…. Had I thought how regular the tide is, I might rather have chosen a river-boy. He Zhizhang COMING HOME I left home young. I return old; Speaking as then, but with hair grown thin; And my children, meeting me, do not know me. They smile and say: “Stranger, where do you come from?” Zhang Xu PEACH-BLOSSOM RIVER A bridge flies away…

ALONE IN HER BEAUTY
上海419 / 2018年9月21日

Du Fu Who is lovelier than she? Yet she lives alone in an empty valley. She tells me she came from a good family Which is humbled now into the dust. …When trouble arose in the Kuan district Her brothers and close kin were killed. What use were their high offices Not even shielding their own lives? — The world has but scorn for adversity; Hope goes outlike the light of a candle. Her husbandwith a vagrant heart Seeks a new face like a new piece of jade; And when morning-glories furl at night And mandarin-ducks lie side by side All he can see is the smile of the new love While the old love weeps unheard. The brook was pure in its mountain source But away from the mountain its waters darken. … Waiting for her maid to come from selling pearls For straw to cover the roof again She picks a few flowersno longer for her hair And lets pine-needles fall through her fingers Andforgetting her thin silk sleeve and the cold She leans in the sunset by a tall bamboo. SEEING Li Bai IN A DREAM( I ) Du Fu There are sobs when death is the…