There is a small pool surrounded by green trees. As the wind blows the
bamboo-blind in the doorway, the fragmented shadows 2 dance with the
slanting sunshine. The swallows that used to build their nests in this gold
mansion 3 have passed by and then flown back. They circle around the
garden and cross the mossy wall 4. I wonder how many curtains there
are in your boudoir 5. As I approach your dwelling, I hear a band
playing reed and stringed instruments 6. I wish to speak, but I do
not after giving it a second thought. I want to leave, but I worry that I would
break my promise to visit you. I feel choked even though I try to sing. The
sorrow drives me to a wine jar. I know from a distance that you just dressed,
opened the red door, and went to the west wing to wait for the moonrise
It was a pity for my soul that it failed to meet you in my dream last night. I
wonder when I can tell a secret: I want to leave my Qin-mirror
you in exchange for Han-fragrance 9. If God is willing to bring us
together, why not let us meet for a little while?
While Zhou was the Mayor of Li-shui City of the Jiang-ning Metropolitan
Area, the wife of his secretary was beautiful and intelligent. Zhou often
invited her to his party to have a cordial chat with her. Consequently, later
generations gave the melody of the above poem of Zhou the following title: "The
"Shadow" refers to the shadows of the pieces of the bamboo-blind. The
spaces between bamboo pieces will create bright lines in the shadow. As the wind
blows, the bright spots seem to break the shadow of the bamboo-blind into
3 "Gold mansion" means "magnificent house". While Emperor Wu of the Han
dynasty was a prince, Princess Chang wanted to marry her daughter to him, so she
asked Wu, "Would you want to have A-jiao?" Wu replied, "If I had A-jiao, I would
put her in a gold mansion."
4 "Cross the mossy wall" means "enter the house to build their nests".
Zhou was sad because the swallows could enter her house and build nests but
he was outside of her curtains.
The music made Zhou more disheartened because she was having fun with
In the novel, The Love Story in the West Wing, written by Zhen Yuan,
the heroine, Ying-ying, writes a poem to her boyfriend, Mr. Zhang. It says, "I am waiting
in the west wing for the moonrise./ My door half opens to welcome the breeze."
During the Han dynasty, Shu Xu, the wife of Jia Qin, gave a bright mirror
to her husband as a gift. Jia Qin wrote a poem to thank her. It said, "A bright
mirror with dragons circling around was given to Jia Qin."
During the Jin dynasty, Wu Jia, the daughter of Chong Jia, loved Shou Han
and gave him a bundle of incense. Chong Jia smelled the fragrance from Han's
body. He knew his daughter gave Han the incense, so he married Wu to Shou Han.