Prelude to Water Melody
· The Multi-viewed Tower
Of scenic spots on eastern riverside,
None’s better than Xu State so far and wide.
Hill on hill like a scroll,
A frowning tower overlooks where the waves roll.
Drums beat and horns blow long in the breeze sad and strong.
The beacon fire now dim now bright kindles the sky.
How can I not remember generals of fame high?
For miles and miles they wielded spears;
In open air slept brave compeers.
Grass wet with dew,
Leaves fall in breeze
Of autumn hue.
Your spirits high
In laughter wash away all sorrow old and new.
I see not heroes of the days gone by.
What can today’s visitors do?
It is a lasting regret hard to appease.
But you alone can leave a thousand years’ name;
As long as rivers flow will last your fame.
The poet writes this lyric for the governor visiting the Tower together with him.
The lyrics of “Prelude to Water Melody · The Multi-viewed Tower” are written by Lu You, a lyricist of the Southern Song Dynasty. The upper part of the lyric is about the lyricist’s reminiscence of historical figures, while the lower part is about the lyricist’s feelings when he climbed the mountain. The lyrics are set against the backdrop of the picturesque Lianshan Mountain, and are reminiscent of Sun Quan and Liu Bei in the Three Kingdoms, Yang Hu who climbed Xiangyang Tower in the Jin Dynasty, and then Fang Zi who led the visitors to the mountain. From history to people, the aim is to express the political attitude and expectations of Fangzhi in the Song-Jin confrontation.