Farewell to Deputy Ministers Sixth Xue 1 and Eighth Niu in Jing
Liu, Chang-Qing 3 (709 A.D.-785 A.D.)
Throughout my exile I have never expected to be summoned back to the palace.
Since I cannot predict the future,
It is better to dissipate my sorrows through wine and songs.
Above the river northern wild geese fly across the bright moon.
In Huai-nan 4 most of the trees on Chu mountain have lost their
I am glad that the place where I stay is close to a river.
When seeing my reflection, I lament that my hair is turning gray.
Now we three have become tottering old men together.
I feel ashamed when you remind me to stay away from trouble.
Sixth Xue was the six child of the Xue family.
What the seat of Jing County is now present day Jiu-jiang City of Jiangxi
Liu was sent into exile twice. The first time he was demoted from the Mayor
of Su City to the Mayor of Nan-ba City (Dian-bai City of Guangdong Province).
Later, he was summoned back to the palace and became a censor.
During the Han dynasty Jiu-jiang City was the State of Huai-nan.