Meeting Li Kuei Nien

Meeting Li Kuei-nien* in Chiang-nan**

I often saw you in the mansion of Prince Ch’i,
And many times I heard you play
in the hall of Ts’ui the ninth.
Just now in Chiang-nan, the scene is so lovely,
As blossoms fall, so do we meet again!

– Tu Fu.



* Li Kuei-nien: a famous court musician to the Emperor Hsuan-tsung of Tang Dynasty.

** Chiang-nan: South of River, a general term for areas south of the Yangtse River.