钗頭鳳 陸遊 (1125-1210);唐琬 (1124-1156)

钗頭鳳           陸遊 (1125-1210)

紅酥手      黃藤酒
滿城春色宮牆柳
東風惡      歡情薄
一懷愁緒    幾年離索
錯    錯    錯

春如舊      人空瘦
淚痕紅邑鲛绡透
桃花落      閑池閣
山盟雖在    錦書難托
莫    莫    莫

Tune: Phoenix Hairpin                       Lu You (1125-1210) 江紹倫譯

Tender hands fine
Well aged wine
In a spring-filled city willows confined
Harsh east winds
Happy feelings thin
My heart filled with misery
Yearnings years too long
Wrong Wrong Wrong

Spring like last year remains
I see you are so thin
Your red kerchief soaked with tears
Peach blossoms fall
By the deserted hall
Our love oaths still true
Messages could not get through
No  No  No

(We know very little about marriages in old times. They were ruled by parents for sure, but not entirely. Lu You divorced his dear wife Tang Wan by his mother’s demand. They met two years later when they were still very much in love. But they were already remarried by then. Those were days when poets were free to write poems on public walls, like graffiti’s today. Lu wrote the first poem. Tang saw it and wrote the second in reply.)

钗頭鳳           唐琬 (1124-1156)

世情薄      人情惡
雨送黃昏花易落
曉風乾      淚痕殘
欲箋心事    獨語斜闌
難    難    難

人成各      今非昨
病魂常似秋千索
角聲寒      夜闌珊
怕人尋問    咽淚妝歡
瞞    瞞    瞞  

Tune: Phoenix Hairpin           Tang Wan (1124-1156)  江紹倫譯

Fairness has worn thin
Relations belligerent
Rain-filled eves hasten flowers to fall
Morning breezes fuss
Traces of tears fade
I wish to write you my feelings
Only to lean on rails alone
Hard  Hard  Hard

You and I have gone different ways
‘Tis no more like yesterday
Hanging tight my injured soul continues to groan
Time-horns their frigid notes blow
Nights persist refusing to grow old
To dispel any query
Tears swallowed I appear cheery
Hide  Hide  Hide

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One Response to 钗頭鳳 陸遊 (1125-1210);唐琬 (1124-1156)

  1. frank yue says:

    thanks for introducing to me the modern rendition of the ‘phoenix hairpin’ music. herewith my humble renditions of the two tang lovers’ ci that are ever
    so moving. (don’t mean to be intruding. kindly delete at will.)

    Tune: Phoenix Hairpin Lu You (Song)
    Red-sleeved, sensuous hand;
    Golden wine (for this man).
    Spring is in the air ov’r the whole city;
    Palace walls lock in the willow pretty.
    O Unfair, cruel east wind —
    Love, ecstasy ne’er redeem’d!
    A chestful of endless sorrow —
    Separated for years with no to-morrow!
    Wrong, wrong, wrong!

    Like other Springs, Spring remains;
    But you grow thinner in vain.
    Tears soak up red silk handkerchief with stain.
    Peach-blossoms fall
    By lonesome pavilion next to pond small;
    Like the mountain stands firm our eternal vow,
    But sending you a letter is not allow’d!
    No, no, no!

    Tune: Phoenix Hairpin Tang Wan (Song)
    The world is non-sentimental;
    Loveless, many have thoughts evil!
    Rains wash out the evening light;
    For the flow’rs to fall they incite.
    When the morning breeze is no more —
    Tear traces are old, eyes are sore!
    I’d like writing m’feelings and make them known —
    Lean’ng on railing I talk to m’self alone!
    Hard, hard, hard!

    Each goes on a different way;
    O Today is not yesterday!
    Ghost of illness beckons like ropes o’ the swing.
    Time horn sounds cold and piercing;
    The young night is on the wing.
    I’m so fearful of people asking me;
    Swallow’ng m’tears, full of glee I pretend to be!
    Pretend, pretend, pretend!

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