Partridges in the Sky
· Farewell to a Friend
Tears are not dried after the songs of adieu.
Take meals and let no cares worry you.
The boundless water flows along endless trees high,
Half of the mountains buried in the cloudy sky.
Weal and woe, old and new,
Joy to meet, grief to part, all come in view.
Not only waves will rise by riverside,
The way of the world is hard far and wide.
This lyric reveals the parting grief by describing the parting scene.
“Partridges in the Sky · Farewell to a Friend” is a lyric by Xin Qiji of the Song Dynasty. The first section of the poem is about the feeling of parting, full of the meaning of farewell; the second section is a parting speech, which leads to the sigh of hardship in the world from the feeling of parting. The whole lyric uses the techniques of scenery setting, comparison and contrast to vividly express the deep feelings of parting, and expresses deep emotions about society and life.