Joy of Eternal Union
· Think of Ancient in the Northern Tower
The land is boundless as of yore,
But nowhere can be found
A hero like the king defending southern shore.
The singing hall, the dancing ground,
All gallant deeds now sent away
By driving wind and blinding rain!
The slanting sun sheds its departing ray
O’er tree-shaded and grassy lane
Where lived the Cowherd King retaking the lost land.
In bygone years,
Leading armed cavaliers,
With golden spear in hand,
Tigerlike, he had slain
The foe on the thousand-mile Central Plain.
His son launched in haste a northern campaign;
Defeated at Mount Wolf, he shed his tears in vain.
I still remember three and forty years ago
The thriving town destroyed in flames by the foe.
How can I bear
To see the chief aggressor’s shrine
Worshipped ‘mid crows and drumbeats as divine?
Who would still care
If an old general
Is strong enough to take back the lost capital?
The poet thinks of heroes of days gone by and regrets he could not take back the lost Northern capital.
” Joy of Eternal Union · Think of Ancient in the Northern Tower” is a lyric composed by Xin Qiji, a lyricist of the Southern Song Dynasty. The author wrote this lyric with deep concern and a sense of grief and anger. The first piece praises Sun Quan, who established his hegemony at Jingkou, and Liu Yu, who led his army in the northern expedition and swallowed up the Hu, and expresses his desire to be like them and to serve the country with gold, iron and steel. In the next piece, Liu Yilong is satirized to show his position and attitude of resolutely advocating the resistance against Jin but opposing the adventurous and misguided country. The whole lyric is magnificent and sorrowful, with a deep sense of righteousness, radiating the light of patriotism. The use of allusions in the lyric is apt and natural, closely following the theme, which enhances the persuasive power and the beauty of the mood of the work.