Song of Divination
· Par with Bao Haoran to the East of Zhe Jiang
The rippling stream’s a beaming eye;
The arched brows are mountains high.
May I ask where you’re bound?
There beam the eyes with arched brows around.
Spring’s just made her adieu,
And now I’ll part with you.
If you overtake Spring on southern shore,
Oh, stay with her once more!
This lyric has personified the parting scene without the usual parting grief.
“Song of Divination · Par with Bao Haoran to the East of Zhe Jiang” is a song written by Wang Guan, a lyricist of the Northern Song Dynasty. It is a poem to bid farewell to a friend. The first stanza uses the metaphor of “eye waves” and “eyebrow peaks” to describe the landscape of eastern Zhejiang, indicating that the place of departure is a desirable place with beautiful mountains and clear water; the second stanza specifies that the farewell is in the late spring, writing the parting thoughts and deep wishes for the friend, and urging him to ” The next stanza indicates that the farewell is in the late spring. The lyrics do not fall into the rut of farewell sentimentality, but rather describe the scenery and the whereabouts of the departing friend, wishing him eternal youth, and expressing the deep and long-lasting friendship between them. The whole lyric is original in conception, clever in metaphor, and double-entendre, implicit but not explicit, and is written in an interesting and intriguing way.