“When the kui star (of literature) fell to earth
it didn’t become a stone,
But took a form like Pan (Gu) in heaven,
with mature thoughts and feelings;
Elegant leisure prohibited stern majesty
which thus could not be donned,
In mid night with playing flute,
they passed by the Red Cliff.
One-hundred million fish and dragons
dared not to listen,
Ten-thousand ages eastward flow,
under moonlight gloriously white.
During the ninth lunar month of the twelfth year of the Guangxu reign-era, painted at Fukuno (in
Japan) by Hu Tiemei from the Kingdom of the Qing.”