· Leaving Guozhou
The drizzling rain hastens grass to green the place;
Swallows peck clods blended with fallen red.
Spring is as beautiful as a rosy face;
With a lingering heart
She’s unwilling to part.
I thought true feeling easy to paint;
But know not it’s hard to voice a complaint.
Water flows east or west and clouds wide spread,
Flowers in the yard steeped in moonlight,
On willowy bridge my hat is filled with breeze light.
The poet regrets the departing spring and describes the parting grief.
“Riverside Daffodils · Leaving Guozhou” is a lyric written by Lu You, a lyricist of the Southern Song Dynasty. The lyric depicts the beautiful scenery of Gochow in spring, matching the scene, sparse and dense, bright but not thin, relaxed but exquisite, and at the same time expresses the lyricist’s feelings of cherishing spring and his sorrow of parting from his friends.