Flowers in bloom
And willows loom.
I pass through them to seek your letter fine,
But your heart belies mine.
My lute is dead,
Lonely my bed.
Where is the vow by my headdress and pin you’ve made?
Now the bygone days fade.
This lyric describes the grief of a woman who has received no letter from her love.
“Everlasting Longing” is a lyric composed by Chen Dongfu of the Southern Song Dynasty. The lyricist feels sympathy for the abandoned woman and puts himself in her place. This lyric is purely in the voice of a woman, but it is as clear as words, as telling as sobbing, so it is infectious. The lyrics are short and concise, but they show the love tragedy of a woman’s infatuation to the fullest extent, so they are rich in meaning.