He Jin was panic stricken
and looked about for a way to escape,
but all gates had been shut. the eunuchs closed him in,
and then the assassins appeared and cut He Jin into halves.
[hip, hip, hip] Closing the days of the Hans, and the years
of their rule were near spent, Stupid and tactless was He Jin,
yet stood he highest in office, Many were they who advised him,
but he was deaf as he heard not, Wherefore fell he
a victim under the swords of the eunuchs. [yip, yip, yip]
So He Jin died. Yuan Shao and Cao Cao waited long.
By and by, impatient at the delay,
they called through the gate, “Thy carriage awaits, O General！”
For reply the head of He Jin was flung over the wall.
A decree was proclaimed：
“He Jin has contemplated treachery and therefore
has been slain！ It pardons his adherents.”
Yuan Shao shouted, “the eunuchs have slain the
High Minister. Let those who will slay
this wicked party come and help me！”
then one of He Jin’s generals, Wu Kuang,
set fire to the gate. Yuan Shu at the head of his
guards burst in and fell to slaying the eunuchs
without regard to age or rank. Yuan Shao and
Cao Cao broke into the inner part of the Palace.
Four of the eunuchs——Zhao Zhong, Cheng Kuang,
Xia Yun, and Guo Sheng——fled to the Blue Flower
Lodge where they were hacked to pieces.
Fire raged, destroying the buildings.
Four of the Ten Regular Attendants——Zhang Rang,
Duan Gui, Cao Jie, and Hou Lan——led by Zhang Rang
carried off the Empress, Emperor Bian,
and Prince Xian of Chenliu toward the North Palace.
Lu Zhi, since he had resigned office,
was at home, but hearing of the revolution
in the Palace he donned his armor,
took his spear, and prepared to fight.
He saw Eunuch Duan Gui hurrying
the Empress along and called out,
“You rebel, how dare you abduct the Empress？”
the eunuch fled. The Empress leaped
out of a window and
was taken to a place of safety.
General Wu Kuang burst into one of the
inner halls where he found He Miao, sword in hand.
“You also were in the plot to slay your own
brother,” cried Wu Kuang.