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"