Tune: The River All Red
Since olden days how few
Lovers have remained ever true!
If they love each other heart and soul,
They’d be united from pole to pole.
A thousand miles could not keep them apart,
Nor even death could sever heart from heart.
If o’er your hapless fate you wail and weep,
In love you are not deep.
What could move earth and sky,
Melt stone and gold,
Shine like the sun on high
In history of old
But affectionate deeds done
By loyal and filial son?
The ancient sage did not undervalue love song;
The modern playwright should make music of
The story of beautiful Lady Yang
To glorify true love.
Tune: Spring in Pleasure Garden
The Emperor Bright and Lady Jade Ring
Were at the height of their love in Hot Spring,
Where she was bathed in imperial light.
Then in the Hall of Love as Long as Life
They pledged to be forever man and wife.
She performed dances divine
And he composed music fine
Till rebels beat war drums to blast their hope.
On the Soul-Searing Slope
Imperial armies would not farther go
Unless the fair Jade Ring received her fatal blow.
The western journey broke the Bright Emperor’s heart;
The living and the dead were kept far, far apart.
Fortunately her soul repented her sin
And she became an immortal heroine.
When he sought for her body in the burial mound,
Nothing but her fragrant pouch was found.
The Weaving Star had not witnessed their vow in vain;
A Taoist flew to bring back from above
The golden hairpin and its case, token of their love.
In Lunar Palace Hall the lovers met again.
The poet would sing the song
Of their rainbow dance for long.
Summary of the Scene
The emperor was fond of music, dance and feast;
His favorite fair Lady lost her life and all.
In the Lunar Palace she met the Taoist priest;
The Weaving Star witnessed their vow in Long-life Hall.