Water Dragon Chant
· To the White Lotus
The lotus in the fairy’s band
Drips drops of dew on golden tray.
Mirrored on water, your light dress aglow,
Like jade in a fine robe you stand
As a dancer you swing and sway.
From time to time you fade and blow,
When the lake is veiled in mist or steeped in moonlight,
And gulls and herons perch on the sand.
Remember my leaflike boat in a quiet night
On clear waves where fragrance spreads far,
White dressed I cannot find where you are.
Even the beauty should envy you,
When you take your rosy dress off.
Who would not fall with you in love?
You are elegant at leisure
Or charming with pleasure.
You fascinate as if you would speak anew.
I see you in the lake in view:
Sometimes you lean apart
As if you would open your heart,
But when the west wind blows, I’m afraid,
With your cloudlike green leaves you would fade.
The poet has personified and beautified the white lotus.
The Song Dynasty lyricist Zhang Yan composed the lyric “Water Dragon Chant · To the White Lotus”. The lyric starts with a general description of the white lotus, which has a light and swaying appearance; then, the lyricist uses the clear scene of the liner on the lake to enjoy the flowers to emphasize the spirit of the lotus. Then, the lyricist uses a boat on the lake to enjoy the flowers to emphasize the spirit of the lotus. The lyrics are very different in style, and the vague places convey the spirit of the scene.