Partridges in the Sky
The tender twigs begin to spout along the lane;
The silkworm’s eggs of my east neighbor have come out.
The yellow calves grazing fine grass bawl on the plain;
At sunset in the cold forest crows fly about.
The mountains extend far and near;
Lanes crisscross there and here.
Blue streamers fly where wine shops appear.
Peach and plum blossoms in the town fear wind and showers,
But spring dwells by the creekside where blossom wildflowers.
The poet prefers flowers in the countryside to those in the town.
“Partridges in the Sky” is a lyric composed by Xin Qiji, a lyricist of the Southern Song Dynasty. It is a song about the beautiful scenery of the countryside in Jiangnan. The first section is about a near scene and the second section is about a distant scene, expressing the author’s love for the countryside and his dislike for the prosperity of the city. Based on his familiarity with rural life, the author paints a fresh and beautiful landscape of the mountains and countryside, reflecting his feelings of being enchanted by the beautiful scenery of the countryside. This lyric is beautiful, full of emotion and profound in meaning.