Song of a Southern Country
To Governor Xu on Mountain-climbing Day
The tide flows out after the fall of frost,
From rippling green water a beach of sand will rise.
The soughing wind softens, the vigor of wine is lost,
When blows the breeze,
My sympathetic hat won’t leave my head with ease.
How shall we pass the holiday?
Wine cup in hand, we may send autumn away.
Everything will end in dreams,
Tomorrow fallen blooms will sadden butterflies.
This lyric is written after the poet’s banishment to Huangzhou.
“Song of a Southern Country To Governor Xu on Mountain-climbing Day” is a lyric written by Su Shi, a writer of the Northern Song Dynasty. The upper part of the lyric is about what he sees and feels when he climbs up to the distant view, and through the description of the scenery he sees, he expresses his longing for transcendence but his inability to really transcend. The next piece expresses his optimistic outlook on life and his nostalgia for his friends through a banquet at a high altitude. The whole lyric uses a playful approach to show his own attitude towards life, and also expresses the contradictory state of mind of the lyricist, who is optimistic and optimistic but slightly melancholy and sad.