Butterflies in Love with Flowers
The plane’s leaves fall at dawn and crickets chirp at night
In dreary autumn light.
Leaving for capital, I make my gloomy way,
Remembering the day
When I rode on my horse and wielded my spear.
The Western Pass should stand still and the stream as clear.
I would float on the sea as I wished before.
To whom can I confide my book on the art of war?
If I had known I’d meet in life no connoisseur,
Why should I have advised in vain the emperor?
The poet writes this lyric on leaving the frontier for the capital.
“Butterflies in Love with Flowers” was written by Lu You in his later years. The lyrics show his unforgettable life of fighting at the front, his extreme worry about the cause of anti-jin and his infinite indignation that he has never met, and his strong patriotic feelings. -See