Gathering Mulberry Leaves (I)
Viewed from a light boat with short oars, West Lake is fair.
Green water winds along
The banks overgrown with sweet grass; here and there
Faintly we hear a flute song.
The water surface is smooth like glass when no wind blows;
I feel the boat moves no more.
Leaving ripples behind, it goes,
The startled waterbirds skim the flat sandy shore.
“Gathering Mulberry Leaves (I)” is a lyric composed by Ouyang Xiu, a writer of the Northern Song Dynasty. This lyric is written in a light and elegant tone, describing the beautiful scenery seen while boating on the West Lake of Yingzhou. It is full of poetic sentiment and freshness.