General Yang’s Escape《四郎探母》

posted Jan 31, 2014, 5:26 AM by Louisa H   [ updated Feb 10, 2020, 9:50 AM ]
编译: 公羽
This episode,culminated by the duet between the female and male roles, is one of the most popular Beijing Opera plays   General Yang Silang from the Song Dynasty was stranded in the enemy’s regime and had to hide his real identity. He was eager to see his mother who led the Song troop to the front post, but was worried about not being able to get the pass. Princess Tie Jing, his wife, learned of his true identity and made up her mind to help him get the pass. The duet is so popular that almost every Beijing Opera fan knows how to sing.


《四郎探母》选段 - 坐宫

唱词 Lyrics


       (铁镜公主)[西皮流水] Princess:


I am astonished by his words.  His words revealed his true identity to me after 15 years of marriage.


So my husband is in fact a disguised member of the General Yang's family. I feel sorry for him for being separated from his family for so long.


I step forward and salute to my husband again.  Please listen to me carefully.


Please accept my apology for being condescending just now. Please forgive my ignorance of your real identity.

(杨延辉)[西皮快板] General:


We are a happily married couple and you dont need to stand on courtesy


I would never stop showing you my appreciation if you could help me get rid of my burden.



As husband and wife you dont need to stand on courtesy. We were happily married despite of the long distance between us.


Why are you frowning day and night? I am absolutely willing to help relieve your burden.



I am frowning and deeply worried because I have a heavy burden in my heart,


To defend my country against your General Xiao's invasion, my aging mother has come to the battlefield with army supplies 


I wish to return and see my mother, but are trapped here helplessly.



Thats a groundless blame.  I would never stop you from seeing you mother.



Though Your Highness is not stopping me, I dont have the necessary pass to go through the front post.



I intend to get you a royal pass, but I am worried that you would never want to come back here.



If your highness grants me the pass, I will come back immediately after a brief visit.



Songs camp is so far away from us.  How could you be back overnight?



I am sure I would be back tonight since my horse runs very fast.



You just made me swear before the gods. Now it is your turn to do the same.



Her royal highness wants me to swear for this trip, so I kneel down on the earth


If I never return after visiting my mother



Then what?



I will die and my bones will be scattered in the desert.



You are over-reacting.


I feel relieved after my husband swore that he'd come back.


You change your appearance in the back.  I will steal the royal pass for you to get over the port.



I am so happy to see that her royal highness is willing to help with the pass.

扭轉頭來叫小番,備爺的千里戰馬扣連環, 爺好出關。

I turn around and call my servant. Get my horse and saddle ready.  I'm heading to the pass.