Green Jade Cup
· The Lantern Festival
One night’s east wind adorns a thousand trees with flowers
And blows down stars in showers.
Fine steeds and carved cabs spread fragrance en route;
Music vibrates from the flute;
The moon sheds its full light,
While fish and dragon lanterns dance all night.
In gold-thread dress, with moth or willow ornaments,
Giggling, she melts into the throng with trails of scents.
But in the crowd once and again
I look for her in vain.
When all at once I turn my head,
I find her there where lantern light is dimly shed.
The poet writes about art isolate beauty on the Lantern Festival.
“Green Jade Cup · The Lantern Festival” is a lyric composed by Xin Qiji of the Song Dynasty. The lyric starts from the splendid and colorful scene of the Lantern Festival, and sets off the image of a woman who is a lonely and aloof woman, who is different from the goldsmiths. The first section is about the dazzling scene of lanterns and music, while the second section is about the main character’s search for a lonely woman who stands in the midst of a cloud of good women.