Joy of Eternal Union
I long remember when we bade goodbye
On Northern Tower high,
The silvery moonlight looked like water bright.
But songs and wine, however fine,
Could not keep you from going away.
Only the moon followed you for miles on your way.
Since we parted, I’ve seen the moon wax and wane.
But who would drink with lonely me again?
Uprolling the screen,
Only my shadow’s seen,
I stay awake until daybreak.
Today your friend comes from the river’s end,
And brings to me your memory.
You ask the river clear
To bring nostalgic tear
As far as the east sea.
I do not know now where are you.
In palace hall by western wall,
Is your coverlet in deep night wet with dew?
When you see in the corridor the moving moonrays,
Could you forget the bygone days?