The Jade Flute, Op 6, no. 1

(1891)

In "The Jade Flute," Margaret Ruthven Lang sets a text by poet Li Tai Pe, translated by Judith Gautier and Stuart Merrill.

The Sages' Dance
by Li Tai Pe


On my flute, tipped with jade, I sang a song to mortals; but the mortals did not understand.


Then I lifted my flute to the heavens, and I sang my song to the Sages.


The Sages rejoiced together, they danced on the glistening clouds.


And now mortals understand me, when I sing to the accompaniment* of my flute tipped with jade.


*Lang changes "accompaniment" to "sound"


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