Medieval China Gothic

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In my search for thirst-waters, I came across an 18th century reference to the Yuan dynasty planting lemon trees and using them for thirst-waters.  I haven't been able to track down a specific historical provenance for that information, but I did find the poem they additionally cite about lemons (good-for-"meng" fruits).  It's sort of helpful, and I suspect it's an oblique reference to bees making honey.

Well, and also to drunkenness.  This is a Chinese poem, after all, and if they're not about at least one of the moon, autumn, or drunkenness, they're probably not worth much.

That said, I think most of the lines read independently like "Medieval China Gothic"

This poem appears in First Selection of Yuan Poems compiled in the Siku Quanshu, published 1784, but ascribed to Gu Sili, 1669-1722.  This poem also appears in the Ming dynasty collection The Stone Granary Collection of Poems from the Ages by Cao Xuequan, 1574-1646, and in the undated Collection of Wu Lai’s Deep Gifts, among other places.  I had to correct quite a few errors where the transcription didn't match the facsimile, and there is at least one character that just doesn't seem to exist in Unicode!

Scrolls 42-43
Lingnan Good-for-“Meng” Fresh Thirst-Water Poem
Guangzhou’s garden tender brings forth thirst-water
heaven’s winds, summer heat, good-for-“meng” fruit
a hundred flowers brewed into sweet dew-syrup
In the southern garden, boiled to red dragon marrow
[possibly resin from Dipterocarpaceae]
We remove to eat high in the palm pavilion
The Parasol Tree [Firmiana simplex] well presses the cold-blue river dry
The cypress tower’s golden stalk rises without dampness
The blue bridge jade mortar pounds the empty chill
The small ewer seal, a fragrant brocade, pours out
The sound from the surplus sacrifice in the old ding stirs the sleeping
Wine-guests’ state of mind summons wine-weapons
Tea-monks’ artistry ambushes tea-things
Cao Cao’s mouth-sourness attains that of Prunus mume
(A reference to Cao Cao improving morale by telling his troops to think
of the stand of mume plums growing ahead)
The Han tomb; lungs flow; who presents a cup?
The melted-away butter has an odd smell
The pool freezes.  The mulberry sea has no dirt
All along, the summer hall evaluates the hot-broth things
The Aquilaria wood and purple Perilla frutescens are rumored to be best.
The melted-away butter has an odd smell

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