The world unfair,
True manhood rare.
Dusk melts away in rain and blooming trees turn bare.
Morning wind high,
Tear traces dry.
I’d write to him what’s in my heart;
Leaning on rails, I speak apart.
Hard, hard, hard!
Go each our ways!
Gone are our days.
My sick soul groans like ropes of swing which sways.
The horn blows cold;
Night has grown old.
Afraid my grief may be descried,
I try to hide my tears undried.
Hide, hide, hide!
The poetess, divorced wife of Lu You, writes this lyric in reply to the preceding one.
“Phoenix Hairpin” is a song written by Tang Wan in the Southern Song Dynasty. The first section of the song describes Tang Wan’s painful feelings after she was forced to separate from Lu You under the pressure of his mother. In the second section, she writes about her situation and mood after she and Lu You were separated. The whole lyric is straightforward, sorrowful and moving, with complex emotions.