The Beautiful Lady Yu
· Written for Governor Chen at the Scenic Hall
How fair the lakes and hills of the Southern land are,
With plains extending wide and far!
How often, wine cup in hand, have you been here
That you can make us linger though drunk we appear!
By Sandy River Pool the new-lit lamps are bright.
Who is singing the water melody at night?
When I come back, the wind goes down, the bright moon paves
With emerald glass the river’s waves.
The poet describes the beauty of the West Lake to make the governor linger before his departure for a new post.
“The Beautiful Lady Yu · Written for Governor Chen at the Scenic Hall ” is a lyric written by Su Shi, a writer of the Northern Song Dynasty. In the first piece, the lyricist expresses his reluctance to leave his friend through the description of the scenery of Youmeitang. The next piece depicts the bustling scene of Hangzhou at the beginning of the night, which expresses the lyricist’s heartfelt feelings of reluctance and regret for parting. The whole lyric brings high artistic enjoyment with beautiful imagery, and at the same time shows the deep feelings of the lyricist and his friend at a glance.