Farewell to Xin Jian at Lotus Tower
A cold rain dissolved in East Stream invades the night;
At dawn you’ll leave the lonely Southern hills in haze.
If my friends in the North should ask if I’m all right,
Tell them I’m free from blame as ice in crystal vase.
The poet speaks of his innocence at parting with his friend.
The poem “Farewell to Xin Jian at Lotus Tower” is a group poem by Wang Changling, a poet of the Tang Dynasty, written when the author was relegated to the post of prefect of Jiangning (present-day Nanjing, Jiangsu Province). The first poem is about the farewell of Xin Jian at the riverside the next morning; the second poem is about the farewell of Xin Jian at Furong Tower on the first night. The second poem is about the farewell of Xin Jian at Furong Tower on the first night.