Du Mu: Palace Lady Sent Out: Two Poems: No. 1

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Palace Lady Sent Out: Two Poems: No. 1

出 宫 人: 二 首
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闲 吹 玉 殿 昭 华 管
醉 折 梨 园 缥 蒂 花。
十 年 一 梦 归 人 世
绛 楼 犹 封 系 臂 纱。
Chu Gong Ren: Er Shou

(1)

Xian chui yu dian zhao hua guan
Zui she li yuan piao di hua.
Shi nian yi meng gui ren shi
Jiang lou you feng ji bi sha.

 

Palace Lady Sent Out: Two Poems: No. 1

Leisurely played her exquisite jade and many-holed flute
From the Li Yuan, drunk while picking light-blue flowers.
For ten years she was living like in one dream
She arrived at the palace wearing a bi sha.

 

Notes:

Li Yuan:  The Pear Garden opera academy created by Emperor Xuanzong deep inside the palace. A place for musicians and dancers to learn and practice their craft.

Bi sha: An armband made of yarn that was coded to inform the palace guards how to direct the newly arrived young ladies into the palace area appropriate to their future duties.

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