Immortal at the Magpie Bridge
· Hearing the Cuckoo’s Cry at Night
Under the thatched eaves all’s still at night;
By the straw window flickers candlelight,
While wind and rain o’erspread the river in late spring.
Nor orioles nor swallows in their nests will sing,
But I hear the cuckoo’s cry
Oft rend the moonlit sky.
Urging clear tears to stream
And startling me from lonely dream,
Away to a deep-hidden branch they fly.
Even in native hills I could not stand their song,
Let alone after half my life drifting along.
The poet is sad to hear the cuckoo’s home-going song for he cannot go home without recovering the lost land.
“Immortal at the Magpie Bridge · Hearing the Cuckoo’s Cry at Night” is a song written by Lu You, a lyricist of the Song Dynasty. The lyric revolves around “hearing the cuckoo at night”, describing the scene and atmosphere of the cuckoo crying at night in a narrative tone, highlighting the lonely and sorrowful feelings of the lyricist in his eunuch life. The whole lyric is deep and heavy, poignant and sad.