(Translation) 2019 興德王鸚鵡
|Translator(s)||Participants of 2019 JSG Summer Hanmun Workshop (Intermediate Training Group)|
Student Translation : Stella
Memorabilia of the Three Kingdoms, "Records of Marvels"
The 42nd king [of Silla], King Hŭngdŏk the Great, ascended to the throne in the second year of the Baoli reign, the pyŏngo year. Shortly thereafter, a person serving as an envoy to the Tang brought a pair of parrots and returned [to Silla]. Not long after, the female parrot died. The lone male parrot was sad and cried without end. The king had someone hang a mirror before [the parrot]. The bird, seeing his reflection in the mirror, figured that it had gotten [back] its mate and then pecked the mirror. Realizing that it was his reflection, it then was saddened, cried, and died. It is said that the king composed a poem [about this incident]; [its contents are] unknown.
- Discussion Questions
- Emperor Jingzong of Tang China