Prelude to Water Melody
How could grass be so green? O Spring
Enters the fairy stream,
Where countless peach blooms beam,
And on the branch of the tree golden orioles sing.
I try to find a way through the flowers so gay,
Straight into clouds so white
To breathe a rainbow bright,
But I’m afraid in the depth of the flowers in my view,
My sleeves would be wet with rosy dew.
I sit on a stone and
Lean on a pillow of jade,
A tune on golden lute is played.
Where is the poet of the fairyland?
Who would drink up with me my spiral cup?
I come to seek for the immortal’s trace,
Not for the rouged lips and powdered face.
Why should I long, long croon?
Drunk, I would dance downhill soon,
Followed by the bright moon.
This poem reflects the poet’s worldly outlook symbolized by rouged lips and powdered face, and otherworldly outlook symbolized by the immortal poet in the fairyland, who refers to Li Bai (701—762) .
“Prelude to Water Melody – Sightseeing” is a lyric by Huang Tingjian, a writer and calligrapher of the Song Dynasty. This lyric expresses the feelings of a spring excursion, and shows the nobleness of despising the world. The first piece depicts the beautiful spring scenery of the mountain; the second piece describes the hero’s high-mindedness and worldliness. The whole lyric is a blend of scenes and scenes, slowly, quietly and calmly, with a sense of self-congratulation, reflecting the character of the lyricist, who was lonely and unwilling to win the world for glory, and embodying the aesthetic ideal of the lyricist, who was beyond the world and outside of things, although it also reveals the lyricist’s ambivalence between entering and leaving the world, but still without losing his boldness.