West of the town the willows sway in the winds of spring.
Thinking of our parting would bring
To my eyes ever-flowing tears.
I still remember to the sympathetic tree
Her hand tied my returning boat for me
By the red bridge in the green field on that day.
But now she no longer appears,
Though water still flows away.
The youthful days once gone will never come again;
My grief is endless. When
Will it come to an end then?
While willow catkins and falling flowers fly,
I mount the tower high.
Even if my tears turn into a stream in May,
Could it carry away
My grief growing each day?
The poet compares his parting grief to the ever-flowing river.
“Riverside Town” is a lyric by Qin Guan of the Song Dynasty. It is a poem about parting hatred in late spring. The first piece evokes the memory of “the events of that day” from the willows “making spring soft” and “tying the boat back”, and reminds us of the meeting between the two of them at “Bino Zhuqiao “The next piece is about the long parting hate arising from old age, and the three lines of “then do” show the deep and long parting sorrow. The whole lyric contains poignant and sorrowful emotions in a clear and elegant way, with a natural structure, good intention and long rhyme.