Message to Jade Maiden
· Lantern Festival after the Downfall of the Song Dynasty
Who would enjoy any more the delight
Of splendid lantern night?
In bright moonlight among the flowers
We only see now dusty bowers.
Gone is the splendor of yore,
Only green mountains stand as before.
In the riverside capital
We only see the tide rise and fall.
Dots on dots of lantern light
Feel shame to see the dancer fair and songstress bright,
Mume blossoms look like jade,
Before the Lord of Spring they fade.
The princess sheds tear on tear,
Playing on pipa strings in fear.
If you will know her parting grief forlorn,
Just listen in watchtower to the dreary horn!
The poet reveals his deep grief by comparing the lantern festivals before and after the downfall of the Song Dynasty. The princess refers to Zhaojun married to the Khan of the Tartars in 33 BC in order that the Tartars might not invade the Han frontier.
This is a lyric written by the Southern Song Dynasty lyricist Wang Yuanqiang. The lyrics revolve around the main theme of “Reminiscing about people on a rainy night”. The first piece is about the lyricist remembering the past when he heard the rain hitting the banana and looking through the old poetry books, while the second piece is about the lyricist seeing that the old poetry books are already blurred. The whole lyric sets the scene and speaks of emotions, and although the narrative is close at hand, there is still room for its meaning.