Glad to Hear Magpies
· Waves Viewed from Wushan
The sky with water blends,
The river dyed in autumn hues extends.
Snow-crowned hills and dragons rise from the deep;
Swift wind blows the sea up like a wall steep.
Blue dots seem to drip from mist-veiled hills,
The rainbow clouds redden the sky like grills.
Far away white birds mingle with sails white,
Beyond the stream we hear a flute at night.
This poem describes the tidal bore watched from the Southern Hill.
The poem “Glad to Hear Magpies · Waves Viewed from Wushan” is a work by Zhou Mi, a lyricist of the Southern Song Dynasty. The entire lyric depicts the raging tide of the Qiantang River and the author’s eulogy of the magnificent river and mountain in his heart, which is unique among many tide-watching poems.