Song of Divination
Is it a fallen life I love?
It’s the mistake of fate above.
In time flowers blow, in time flowers fall;
It’s all up to the east wind, all.
By fate! Have to go my way;
If not, where can I stay?
If my head were crowned with flowers,
Do not as me where are my bowers!
The poetess put in jail writes this lyric and is released.
“Song of Divination” is a lyric composed by Yan Rui, a lyricist of the Southern Song Dynasty. The lyricist complains of his innocence in the first stanza, hoping that the new official will be fair and release him. In the next stanza, the lyricist expresses his infinite longing for happiness and freedom, inheriting the meaning of his fate. The whole lyric is written with a lightness of touch and ink, and is composed in a single breath, showing the lyricist’s talent and personality.