Slow Song of Stone State
Cold water flows along its trace;
Spring comes back to old place.
Among the sands mist spreads high.
The creekside mume exhales fragrance in sunlight;
Some cold sprigs of flowers in blooming vie.
The old regret extends to the end of the sky.
How much it has broken my heart
To be far, far apart!
I see but hill on hill in view
Beyond the Pavilion of Adieu.
The endless green spreads out of sight.
I am surprised
To see grief symbolized.
I’m grieved to see the deep-closed painted bower.
The eastern breeze, methinks,
May have paled your skin snow-white.
Your pillow has not witnessed the fresh shower
Nor your wine-cup the moonlight-brimming flower.
How I feel sad and drear anew
Where my hope sinks!
When I come home, I will tell you.
But when we meet again,
How many years have passed in vain!
The poet expresses his nostalgic and patriotic feelings in this lyric.
It is a song written by Zhang Yuangan, a lyricist of the Song Dynasty, and has been selected as one of the Three Hundred Song Lyrics. It is a poignant lyric about a wanderer’s homesickness for spring. The first three lines are about the return of spring, followed by the next two lines about plum blossoms, and the main theme of the song is “old hatred in the sky”. In the next section, the author turns to his wife at home and expresses the pain of longing for her. Some people think that the author uses his homesickness to write about his complicated feelings of political persecution. It is a delicate idea that transcends boudoir grievances and has a deep and extensive connotation of life’s lamentations; the meaning of the lyrics is subtle and chewy.