Charm of a Maiden Singer
I come to Cattle Hill to gaze my fill.
I open heart and breast as a wandering guest.
Who has built the pavilion high
To make all old and new visitors sigh?
The torrent like a whale rashes along;
The mountain stands like tiger strong.
The natural barrier is beyond human power:
In bygone days our warships beat
A million foes and hostile fleet.
I remember the rhino horn burned by the riverside
Discovered monsters far and wide.
A man should do feats east or west.
In haste the years will pass away,
My hair is sprinkled with dots of grey.
The clouds overshadow the sky,
The smoke darkens the land far and nigh.
Such is the heart-broken hour.
Drunk, I beat the broken rail,
And pour out my loyal wrath, but to what avail?
The poet shows his patriotism on seeing the ancient battlefield at Cattle Hill.
“Charm of a Maiden Singer” is the work of Wu Yuan, a lyricist of the Southern Song Dynasty. The lyrics use allusions to “sweeping millions of Capricorns” and “shining water rhinoceros” without a trace, and the whole lyric is integrated with the scene, describing the dangerous scenery of the ancient battlefield Niuzhu Mountain and expressing the author’s patriotic sentiment, from the scene to the emotion, the scene is blended. The deep sense of history and reality, as well as the distinctive style of majestic and tragic, are highly infectious.