Painting of Mulan in the Mulan Temple near Shangqiu
Ballad of Mulan
Ballad of Mulan?
Jiji again jiji,?
Mulan weaves before the door.?
Can't hear the shuttle's swoosh,?
Only hear her soughing sob.?
Ask her what's in her thoughts,?
Ask her what's on her mind.?
"Nothing's in my thoughts,?
Nothing's on my mind.?
Last night I saw the military order,?
The Khan is gathering troops.?
The list is twelve scrolls long,?
Scroll after scroll all with father's name.?
Father has no older son,?
Mulan has no older brother.?
I must buy a horse and saddle,?
And take my father's place!"
In East Market buys a peerless steed,?
In West Market buys a saddle,?
In South Market buys a bridle,?
In North Market buys a long whip.?
At dawn she parts with her parents,?
By evening stops on Yellow River bank.?
She can't hear her parent's calling,?
Only hears the Yellow River crying jianjian.?
At dawn she leaves behing the Yellow River,?
By evening arrives on Black Mountain summit.?
She can't hear her parents calling,?
Only hears barbarian horses neighing jiujiu.
Ten thousand miles of warfare, ?
Flies over barriers and peaks.?
Cold gusts rattle the watchmen's bells,?
Cold light reflects from iron armor.?
Generals die in countless battles,?
Warriors only return after ten years.
Returning she meets the Emperor,?
He is enthroned in a brilliant hall.?
He dispenses honors to twelve ranks,?
Bestows awards by the thousands.?
The Khan asks what she desires,?
"Mulan has now wish for high office,?
I only wish for a mount to take me a thousand li?
To take me back to my village."When her parents hear she is returning,?
They go out leaning together to meet her.?
When elder sister hears young sister is returning,?
Facing the door she makes herself up.?
When little brother hears Mulan is coming,?
He sharpens his knife huohuo for pig and ram.?
"I open the door to my east room,?
Sit on my west room bed.?
Take off my armor and cloak,?
Put on my old time clothes."?
Facing the window she puts up her cloud-like hair,?
Hanging a mirror she brushes on yellow flower powder.?
Goes out the door and meets her comrades,?
Her comrades are startled and perplexed.?
Traveling together for twelve years,?
they didn't know Mulan was a woman!
"The male hare's feet do a jig,?
The female hare's eyes roll around;?
A pair of rabbits running close to the ground,?
Who can tell if I am male or female?"?
Jījī fù jījī, Mùlán dāng hù zhī.
Bù wén jīzhù shēng, Wéi wén nǚ tànxī.
Wèn nǚ hé suǒsī? Wèn nǚ hé suǒ yì?
Nǚ yì wú suǒsī, Nǚ yì wú suǒ yì.
Zuóyè jiàn jūntiě, Kèhán dà diǎnbīng,
Jūnshū shíèr juǎn, Juǎn juǎn yǒu yé míng.
Āyé wú dà ér, Mùlán wú zhǎngxiōng,
Yuàn wèi shì ānmǎ, Cóngcǐ tì yé zhēng.
Dōngshì mǎi jùnmǎ, Xīshì mǎi ānjiān.
Nánshì mǎi pèitóu, Běishì mǎi chángbiān.
Dàn cí yéniáng qù, Mù sù Huánghé biān.
Bù wén yéniáng huàn nǚshēng,
Dàn wén Huánghé liúshuǐ míng jiànjiàn.
Dàn cí Huánghé qù, Mù zhì Hēishān tóu.
Bù wén yéniáng huàn nǚ shēng,
Dàn wén yàn shān hú qí shāng jiūjiū
Wànlǐ fù róngjī, Guān shān dù ruò fēi.
Shuòqì chuán jīntuò, Hánguāng zhào tiěyī.
Jiāngjun bǎi zhànsǐ, Zhuàngshì shínián guì.
Guìlái jiàn Tiānzǐ, Tiānzǐ zuò míng táng.
Cèxūn shíèr zhuǎn, Shǎngcì bǎi qiān qiáng.
Kèhán wèn suǒ yù, "Mùlán bùyòng shàngshū láng,
Yuàn jiè míng tuó qiān lǐ zú, sòng ér hái gùxiāng."
Yéniáng wén nǚ lái, Chū guō xiāngfú jiāng.
Āzǐ wén mèi lái, Dāng hù lǐ hóngzhuāng.
Xiǎodì wén zǐ lái, Módāohuòhuò xiàng zhū yáng.
Kāi wǒ dōng gé mén, Zuò wǒ xī gé chuáng.
Tuō wǒ zhànshí páo, Zhù wǒ jiùshi shāng.
Dāng chuāng lǐ yún bìn, Guà jìng tièhuā huáng.
Chūmén kàn huǒbàn, huǒbàn jiē jīnghuáng.
Tóngháng shíèr nián, bù zhī mMùlán shí nǚnláng.
Xiaońg tù jiǎo pūshòu, cí tù yǎn mílí;
Shuāng tù bàng dì zǒu, ānnéng biàn wǒ shí xióngcí!"