Treading on Grass
Light as a swallow’s flight,
Sweet as an oriole’s song,
Clearly I saw you again in dream.
How could you know my endless longing night?
Early spring dyed in grief strong.
Your letter broken-hearted,
Your needlework done when we parted,
And your soul secretly follows me.
Over the southern stream
The bright moon chills
A thousand hills
How can you lonely soul go back without company?
The poet, dreaming again of his love on the river, is afraid her lonely soul cannot go back over a thousand hills chilled by the moon.
This song is written by Jiang Kui, a lyricist of the Song Dynasty. When Jiang Kui was young, he used to roam around Jianghuai and had a life of traveling on a horse on the Zhangtai Terrace with a golden whip and a hat. This lyric was written when he felt a dream on a boat on the river.