Outside the high wall,
carriages clamor noisily over the dust of the mundane,
Inside the high wall,
twilight casts its soft warmth on the imperial garden.
From the pavilion up high,
tinted by the undulating crimson shadows of the lanterns,
Who plucked the millennium-old, seven-string qin?!
The prosperity of a bygone era had departed like the windy dust,
yet the sound of qin now transcends across the doors of history.
An octogenarian emperor once mediated and played here,
did he know someone who understood his qin?
Oh, poet from afar, who has come to recite,
what resonates the qin of your inner soul?
Your sorrow immerses deep in the dark night,
hidden at the bottom of sea like a secluded beast.
Man has seven emotions, as qin has seven strings;
are you listening to the qin or to your soul?
Find a cold night, with no one else around,
play the qin solely for your own heart.
Near and far are the same distance,
heaven and earth, just a wall apart.
The smiling, red-robed guest sitting next to you,
is, in fact, your most familiar stranger—
Playing an unadorned qin without strings
at a place you cannot see.
Oh, guest passing by so hastily,
have you not heard its sound?
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