Old Friends Recalled
The candle flickers red
At dead of night,
I wake from wine in bed,
My mind in idle plight.
Who sings before a cup of wine songs of goodbye?
My parting grief goes as far as the sky.
What can I do after you brought fresh shower
For my thirsting flower?
I lean on balustrade,
In eastern breeze my eyes shed tears.
When the crabapple flowers fade,
The swallow disappears,
The evening is hard in my courtyard.
This lyric describes a songstress’ longing for her love after his departure.
This is a poem written by Wang Mon (shēn), a lyricist of the Northern Song Dynasty. It is about a banquet. The first piece is about the scene at the banquet. The second piece is about the longing after the farewell. After the begonia blooms, no one is there to enjoy it. The whole lyric is elegant, graceful and original.