Congratulations to the Bridegroom
· In Reply to Xin Qiji
To whom can I say I am old?
How many times have I seen good turn bad,
And people wear thin silk in winter cold?
How many old men live with burning shame:
How many young men burn with vengeful flame?
The twenty-five strings reveal so much grief and pain.
Shining over the earth,
How can the moon wax and not wane?
Now only Tartar women play music in mirth.
Even trees grieve
To see us leave.
Only you and I are glad
To talk heart to heart.
How can we bear to part?
Now parted we are, without doubt.
Who could change our bones and skin,
Don’t break for a connoisseur your lute string!
Even iron may melt into gold.
Let dragon bold and tiger bring
Back the lost land age-old!
The poet has written many patriotic lyrics together with Xin Qiji. This lyric reveals their grief of being unable to recover the lost land.
“Congratulations to the Bridegroom · In Reply to Xin Qiji” is a song written by Chen Liang, a lyricist of the Southern Song Dynasty. The first half of the poem expresses the author’s anger that he has not yet fulfilled his ambition, but his hair is already pale, and he is full of worries about his country and does not know to whom to confide. The second half of the poem expresses the author’s friendship with Xin Qiji and their mutual desire to serve the country. The poem first discusses the world’s major events and the lack of hope for the eradication of shame.