Eight Beats of Ganzhou Song
On Reading Zhuge Liang’s Biography
When I pass by the premier’s cot,
At sunset stand mulberry trees,
The millet struggles in sad breeze.
Were he not recommended by his peers,
How could the hero appear?
He planned to win over the east and west,
Of his career to reach the crest.
But with all the millet under the sky,
How could he build a way on high?
His soldiers tilled the ground by riverside,
But suddenly his star fell and he died.
Then all turned out in vain.
The three steeds became dragons in cloud and rain.
How glorious his plan to recover Northern plain!
His spirit rises high,
And shines in the blue sky.
After hundreds of years
The poet in the thatched hall still shed sad tears.
The poet glorifies Zhu ge Liang (181-234) , prime minister of the Kingdom of Shu. After his death, the three Steeds (Sima Yi and his sons) unified the three Kingdoms. The poet in the last line refers to Du Fu who mourned over the premier’s death.