The Sui Palace
The Palace of Purple Spring lost in rainbow cloud
Might be replaced by new one in riverside town.
Were the emperor not overthrown by the crowd,
His royal ship might sail to new sky’s end unknown.
But now no fireflies overspread the withered grass;
Only dark crows perch on his weeping willow trees.
If he met underground his captive king,alas!
Could the sweet song of their palace flowers still please?
Note:This is a satire against the last emperor of the Sui Dynasty（隋炀帝）who would go south to spend a luxurious life in a riverside town if he were not overthrown by the Tang（唐）army.The captive king refers to the last king of Chen Dynasty（陈后主）who was enjoying music of his favorite songstress when the Sui（隋）army entered his capital.