Poems of Xu Hui
- 拟小山篇 - Trying to Put a Small Mountain Down on Paper
- 进太宗 - Coming in to Taizong
- 赋得北方有佳人 - Poetic Essay on "In the North, There is a Beautiful Woman"
- 秋风函谷应诏 - Autumn Winds in Box Valley, by Imperial Decree
- 长门怨 - Tall Gate Lament
Xu Hui (627–650) was the only one of the empresses and consorts in the official Tang histories to have any of her own writings quoted by the historians. As a child prodigy, she became a minor consort to the Emperor Taizong (ruled 626-649.) First appointed as Talented Lady (才人) of which there were nine, Xu Hui was later promoted to Handsome Fairness (婕妤), also one of nine, and finally to the second highest concubine status, Complete Appearance (充容) of which there was only one.
Xu Hui is believed to have written around one thousand poems, but only five survive today. Tradition holds that on Taizong's death, Xu Hui became ill from grief, and died the following year. Taizong's successor Gaozong posthumously honored her with the title Virtuous Concubine (賢妃), and promoted her father to prefect of Guozhou. She was also given the privilege of burial within Taizong's mausoleum.
Poems translated 13 - 15 October 2015