Prelude to Water Melody
Prince Ting’s Terrace
Towering over the lakeside
In ancient southern state far and wide,
Whose palace hall is it? And by which prince?
Its base still stands a hundred feet high since.
I fancy a thousand steeds with rainbow flags proud
And songs and music waft into the cloud.
How many autumns have passed so fast!
I sigh over the magnificent capital.
Over its rise and fall!
Where I climb high,
Old is the tree,
The great river flows by.
What can I do to make our motherland free?
Nine-tenths of my hair have grown white,
The cold invades the frontier overnight.
The palaces proud are buried for miles in cloud.
How can my wrath be done?
In vain I’m lost in wind and frost.
My grief is only shared by the setting sun.
The poet writes this lyric on Prince Ting’s Terrace built in the Han Dynasty.
“Prelude to Water Melody Prince Ting’s Terrace” is a lyric written by Yuan Yaohua, a writer of the Song Dynasty. The first section of the song describes the lyricist climbing the platform, looking around the scenic spots, and tracing the prosperity of the past; the second section is a poignant reflection of the past, expressing the lyricist’s sorrow and anger that the martyr is late and has no way to serve his country. The whole lyric is written with a majestic brush, which makes people feel sad.