Dreaming of the South
Late in spring
The fallen blooms
Add to my growing gloom.
She’s gone; the crescent moon hangs idle over the swing;
The horse beneath willow trees
Neighs tiredly in the breeze.
By waterside an empty painted boat is tied.
Drunk and weary,
All the day long I stay behind the curtain dreary.
The swallows coming back at night
Take rest beyond my silver candlelight.
Orioles’ warble fades
Amid green shades.
Nowhere out of the bower
Can be found an unfallen flower.
The poet describes his sorrow after the parting of his love.
The lyric “Dreaming of the South” is a lyric written by Wu Wenying, a lyricist of the Southern Song Dynasty. This lyric, with its elegant brushwork, elegant chapter style and subtle expressions, conveys the emotions of a loving couple when they meet and part, which is meticulous, melodious and endlessly evocative.