Palace Visited at Night
· A Dream
On snowy morning I hear flute on flute pell-mell
Where did I dream? I know not well.
I seemed to see a flood of silent cavaliers
On the northwest frontiers,
West of the Wild Geese Pass
By desert-side, alas!
Awake, I only find cold candlelight,
The water clock no longer goes,
At my paper window peeps the slanting moonlight.
I promised to win victory far away.
But, O, who knows?
My hope sinks dead, my hair turns grey.
The poet dreams of the cavaliers on the northwest frontier and writes this lyric for a patriotic friend.
“Palace Visited at Night · A Dream” is a lyric composed by Lu You of the Southern Song Dynasty. The first piece of the lyrics remembers the dream, write dream travel he came to the front line, clear reed four, no sound of iron cavalry, the majestic beauty of the border, a cold and solemn scene of military life in the border. The next piece expresses emotion, to the lonely cold lamp, listen to the bleak sound of leakage, look at the cold moon, lamenting the lack of achievement, lamenting the hair on the temples, but still persistent and confident, ambition. The whole lyric uses the intertwining of dream and reality to express the lyricist’s patriotic passion until death, which is quite beautiful and majestic.