Tune: Jui-ho hsien
(An Immortal on an Auspicious Crane)
Title: The Tavernkeeper
A green flag—wineshop by the river
Amid fine rain and blossoming pear trees.
At this time of the spring festival.
Shrimp and snails, mixed fish and lotus roots,
And of course the old jug under seal,
Opened only now,
Pure, mellow, sweet,
Enough to souse a fisherman or a woodman.
The road back to village and town grown blurred,
Man and setting sun are flushed through and through.
Did you know
There are rich and poor in the human world,
Growth and decay among the leaves,
Ins and outs on fortune’s wheel?
So why worry?
Raise the winecup,
Long life to you,
May you sweep away your old dreams of the capital
And come to find your thirsty friends here in the hills.
Take off that golden sable and give it to the tavern hand!
From now on, let go!
（Jan W. Walls 译）