Chapter 1 - Pondering on the Gentleman far far away
Chapter 1She heard that the music was mixed by the singing of birds and it seemed that the birds were singing along. Guo Xiang thought: "According to mother there is asong called "Empty Mountain and Songs of Birds." But this song was lost for mayages, is it possible this is that song?"
The vast and mighty tour through Spring,is every year's winter yearning.The season of the pear blossom is nearing. The white jade brocade is without wrinkles and smells fragrantly and is mesmerizing.Snow is piling up on jade trees and jade petals.The quiet night is deep.The floating brightness is concealed through the clouds. A cold steep is enough to melt the moon. A dark silver fog illuminates heaven and earth. Her simple, natural but enchanting appearances mesmerizes me. Even greater were her will and spirit.She is like a bloom that exceeds other beautiful and fragrant flowers. Her noble spirit is clear and pure, her immortal ability lies high.She returns to the Jade palace and I can only see her from afar.
The author of this poem, Free from Mediocrity, is a famous martial arts expertfrom the southern Song dynasty. The name of this expert was Qiu Chu Ji, alsoknown as the Everlasting One. He is one of the 7 Masters of QuanZhen, and oneof the most outstanding disciples of the QuanZhen School. Qiu ChuJi wrote this poem after he met Xiao LongNu for the first time. She was a neighbour of Qiu for many years. At this time Qiu ChuJi already passed away, and Xiao LongNu is thewife of the famous Condor Hero Yang Guo. Another girl was reciting this poemsoftly, in HeNan province and on Mount ShaoShi. This young girl was about 18,19 years old and was wearing a cream yellow robe, she was riding on a mule andwas proceeding up the mountain pass. She was thinking: "Only someone likesister Long is fit for him." "Him" of course refers to Yang Guo.