Wine cup in hand, I drink to the eastern breeze:
Let us enjoy with ease!
On the violet pathways
Green with willows east of the capital,
We used to stroll hand in hand in bygone days,
Rambling past flower shrubs one and all.
In haste to meet and part
Would ever break the heart.
Flowers this year
Redder than last appear.
Next year more beautiful they’ll be.
But who will enjoy them with me?
This lyric sings of the poet’ s friendship with another poet Mei Yaochen.
The song “Sand-sifting Waves” is a lyric by Ouyang Xiu, a writer of the Song Dynasty. It expresses the lamentation that life is unpredictable. The first piece recalls the past situation from the present one, i.e. from the beautiful scenery in front of the eyes to the joy of traveling together last year; the second piece contemplates the future situation from the present one, containing regret in it, and especially expresses the cherishing of friendship. The whole lyric is sparse, graceful and timeless, with profound implications and intriguing flavors.