菩萨蛮•哀筝一弄《湘江曲》
作者:张先

  哀筝一弄《湘江曲》,声声写尽湘波绿。纤指十三弦,细将幽恨传。

  当筵秋水慢,玉柱斜飞雁。弹到断肠时,春山眉黛低。

Buddhist Dance Lyrics by Zhang Xian

On the expressive zheng “Song of the Xiangjiang River” she plays.
At first the limpidity each note lively portrays,
Then in detail the pent-up grief she does impart;
Her nimble fingers on the thirteen strings dart –

Till the waters in front slow down for the plight,
And wild geese from Jade Hill droop in their flight.
At last she strikes up the most plaintive stream,
When the mountains seem to knit their brows in pain.