Elegy on Liu Fen
Closed are the palace gates of the celestial spheres;
No witch is sent to inquire if you’re right or wrong.
Spring tides have severed us since we parted in tears,
Your death turns autumn rain weeping all day long.
I would turn raindrops into words to mourn for you.
Could the poet call back the soul of my compeer?
I admire you as an old friend and teacher new.
How could I weep for you in and out,far and near?
Note:It was believed that a witch would be sent from the celestial spheres to right the wrong in the human world.The poet in line 6 refers to Song Yu（宋玉）who would call back the soul ofQ u Yuan（屈原）of the 3rd Century B.C.