Du Mu: I Modeled This Poem After the Ones of High-Level Minister Mr. Bai

I Modeled This Poem After the Ones of High-Level Minister Mr. Bai, Sacred Virtues and Peace Achieved at the End of Commotions, This Year Eventually Accomplished Success, I Join Bai’s Chanting of Profound Understanding and Present This to His Three Assistant Ministers in the Style of Chang Ju Si Yun

奉 和 白 相 公 圣 德 和 平,致 兹 休 运,岁 终 功 就,合 咏 盛 明,呈 上 三 相 公 长句 四 韵
行 看 腊 破 好 年 光
万 寿 南 山 对 未 央!
黠 夏 可 汗 修 职 贡
文 思 天 子 复 河 湟。
应 须 日 御 西 巡 狩
不 假 星 弧 北 射 狼。
吉 甫 裁 诗 歌 盛 业
一 篇 江 汉 美 宣 王。
Feng He Bai Xiang Gong Sheng De He Ping, Zhi Zi Xiu Yun, Sui Zhong Gong Jiu, He Yong Cheng Ming, Cheng Shang San Xiang Gong Chang Ju Si Yun

Xing kan la po hao nian guang
Wan shou nan shan dui wei yang!
Xia xia ke han xiu zhi gong
Wen si tian zi fu he huang.

Ying xu ri yu xi xun shou
Bu jia xing hu bei she lang.
Ji fu cai shi ge cheng ye
Yi pian jiang han mei xuan wang.

 

I Modeled This Poem After the Ones of High-Level Minister Mr. Bai, Sacred Virtues and Peace Achieved at the End of Commotions, This Year Eventually Accomplished Success, I Join Bai’s Chanting of Profound Understanding and Present This to His Three Assistant Ministers in the Style of Chang Ju Si Yun

Travel to see La Po bring in a good and glorious year
Do not have to beg in order to disappear into the long-life southern mountains!
Leader of the Jia Xia nation sent an envoy to the Tang court to solicit advice and help for his people
Think again of the heavenly and cultural things during Xuanzong’s reign, and the lands he had in the He Wang river valley.

Mr. Bai must daily ride across heaven to patrol and defend our west
Do not assume the evil stars of Xingu can be influenced by the Northern Wolf constellation.
Your form of poetry is very auspicious for a virtuous and vigorous government
One poem of yours sung to Jiang Han so pretty, the emperor often summons you into his presence.

 

Notes:

La Po: Time of year when the ancient practice of offering sacrifices to the gods were conducted during the twelfth lunar month.

Jia Xia nation: Very small state within the current day province of Xinjiang.

Xuanzhong:  (685-762) (r. 713-756) Long reigning emperor during the middle of the Tang Dynasty.

He Wang river valley: Refers to the Yellow River.

Xingu: One of the many Chinese constellations.

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