Tao Yuanming didn't know music,but he kept a
stringless harp.When he was a bit high with liquor,he played the harp to
express his feelings. ——Xiao Tong: On Tao Yuanming
However, I never drink liquor.
And I do not even have a thing that can be called a harp.
I have neither tung wood,
Nor rattan bow,
Neither horse tail,
Nor ivory-like and weathered plectrum
Nor amber-like rosin.
No, no, no,
Never, never, never.
Though I know a little about music,
I have stored up not a little of worry.
I am no Tao Yuanming.
And I didn't plant five willows in front of the gate.
I am no Tao Yuanming,
So I miss the chance of playing the harp.