Treading on Grass
· Crabapple Flowers Viewed in Rain
Ill-fated beauty in view,
How can I not fall in love with you?
I’m broken-hearted to see you fade.
In wind and rain fine day’s no more;
You’ve shed all rouged tears by the balustrade.
To my regret you are not in full bloom
When you’re in bloom, I fall in gloom.
For spring is cold and I must shut the door.
When the day’s fine, I see you sigh,
Wordless, veiled by the screen, languid and shy.
This lyric compares the crabapple flower in rain to a tearful beauty.
The work of the Southern Song lyricist Liu Chen-weng is titled “Treading on Grass · Crabapple Flowers Viewed in Rain”. In the process of “watching the begonias”, the lyricist expresses his love for flowers and cherishing them, intertwined with his family and national worries, and expresses his sorrow for the destruction of beautiful things with the artistic mood of the begonias in the rain, depicting his complex feelings of expectation, disappointment, sorrow and sadness.