In days gone by, I oft beheld you
At Lord Qi’s manor and Cuijiu Hall too.
Where sounds so fine and melodies so bright,
Enchanted all who heard your artful might.
The loveliest season in Jiangnan now blooms,
Where petals dance and fragrance fills the rooms.
Oh, how I long to bask in these perfumed blooms,
And bask once more in your melodic tune.
This poem was probably written in 770 A.D. (the fifth year of the Dali calendar) when Du Fu was in Changsha. After the Anshi Rebellion, Du Fu wandered to the south of the Yangtze River and reunited with the wandering court singer Li Guinian. He recalled the frequent meeting and listening to songs in the mansions of King Qi and Cui Jiu, and wrote this poem with emotion.
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