Morning Horn and Frosty Sky
Spring’s rosy clouds are high,
Yet wet with vernal rain.
Ask the lakeside willows trees
How many branches greened by vernal breeze?
I stretch my eyes
Over the vast green plain
And row the two oars across the lake wide.
Where is the songstress fair?
The poet’s pavilion is still there,
By the bridge side.
This poem describes the beauty of the West Lake. The poet refers to Wang Zhihuan, author of the verse: You can enjoy a grander sight, by climbing to a greater height.
“Morning Horn and Frosty Sky” is the work of Gao Guanguo, a lyricist of the Southern Song Dynasty. The lyrics depict the beautiful scenery of West Lake very vividly and aptly, and express the happy feelings in the heart by doing so, with precise wording, giving people a sense of freshness, the whole lyric is written euphemistically and wonderfully, and the people and the surrounding scenery achieve perfect unity, and the tone is very elegant.