The Southern Riverside
· Spring Water
Green water shimmers under willow trees;
Dustlike things grow by riverside
With tender hue as if they were dyed.
The silver pond of clear drops full,
The gentle eastern breeze
Spreads ripples here and there on the pool.
We bade adieu on Southern shore;
Your eyebrows mirrored have left on the waves your trace.
Green waves rise when you come again to the old place:
You’ll find a few fallen petals more.
On grape-hued water you’ll find new traces of rain,
The gulls flap their wings light
With young swallows in flight.
In the shade of the tower your screen appears
With your fragrance out of sight,
You may find thousands of drops of tears.
A lonely boat on the main,
You’d hear the heart-broken song of duckweed again.
The lovebirds sleep on the fragrant pathway.
Who knows the rosy dress is far away?
The poet describes his parting sorrow on seeing spring water.
“The Southern Riverside· Spring Water” is a song written by Song Dynasty lyricist Zhang Yan, describing a spring trip to the waterfront. The lyrics are more elegant, with a more ornate style, and the spring water is written without sticking or shedding, making it come alive. The first part of the song starts with a chant about the water of West Lake. The “warm green sparkling waves”, pointing out the “spring water” topic. The lake is shimmering, green waves, filled with the breath of spring, revealing the warmth of spring, write the spring water dissolved leak of the state.