Song of Mountain Flowers
Ask Heaven what I feel while parting here.
When may we meet again? Oh, in which year?
Thirty miles after the river disappears,
Still I’m in tears.
I take early rest by the grassy lane;
Still cold in late spring, I fear it will rain.
Two or three small flowers on the peach tree
Win my sympathy.
The poet describes his parting grief in the first stanza and his journey in the second.
The song “Song of Mountain Flowers” is a lyric composed by Liu Chen-weng, a lyricist of the Southern Song Dynasty. It expresses the author’s feelings of longing and parting during a boat trip. The upper part of the lyric expresses emotion, while the lower part describes the scene. However, the objective scenery taken by the lyricist, such as the fragrant grass in the late spring and the cold rain, seem to be colored by his feelings and become the words of emotion that add to the parting hatred of the pedestrian, thus harmonizing with the lyricism of the whole lyric and blending into a unified and complete mood. The whole lyric seems light but extremely sad, the language seems straight but deep meaning makes people wander endlessly, sighing and lamenting.