Song of Enjoyment
A phoenix dances on the round tea cake
I can’t but break,
And lonely feel.
You’re clean in golden light,
Ground slowly by a wheel
Into fine powder still jade-bright.
When boiled, you sing like the breeze through the pine.
I feel no longer sick of wine.
Your floral taste will longer stay.
In better state I’m sunk,
Just as by candlelight
A friend comes from far, far away.
We sit face to face, left and right,
Without a word,
Our joy at heart can still be heard.
The poet describes the delight of drinking tea. The dancing phoenix is a trade mark printed on the tea cake.
The “Song of Enjoyment ·The Tea” is a lyric written by Huang Tingjian, a lyricist of the Northern Song Dynasty. The words of the author’s daily life at that time, although the heart of the feelings of interest expressed under no fresh and specific, both to show the author’s love of tea, but also contains a sense of his nostalgia for the vicissitudes of the old, clever and apt, durable taste.