Tune: “Dance of the Cavalry”
A reign of forty years
O’er a land of three thousand li,
My royal palaces touching the celestial sphere,
My shady forest looking likes a hazy sea.
What did I know of shields and spears?
A captive now, I’m worn away,
Thinner I grow, my hair turns gray.
O’how could I forget the hurried parting day
When by the band the farewell songs were played
And I shed tears before my palace maid!