Drunk and Lost
· Farewell at the Gate of Suzhou
A pale face with hair grey,
When can I go home without care?
No word’s received from my friends old or new,
Only the songstress fair
Comes to sing for me a song of adieu.
On leaving the pavilion, with sobs she sings;
The chilly breeze a drizzling rain to my cheeks brings.
Don’t use your handkerchief to wipe your tears away!
Let them fall on your silken sleeves!
When we meet again, I know bow it grieves.
The poet writes this lyric for a songstress who sheds tears when they part.
The upper part of the poem is about how the years have lapsed and the temples have turned white, but the time to return to my hometown is not yet decided; the old friends and new noblemen have been cut off, but the beautiful woman has been deeply in love with me. The next piece is about the sadness of the girl’s song because of my departure, and the misery of my own heart and let the cold wind blow my cheeks. The lyrics are so profound and gentle that they are inexplicable.