Song of Divination
Spring mirrored in the water clear,
Flowers are thin in cold severe.
I stretch my eye to the sky’s end for the high tower.
Is she still in her bower?
From golden censer wafts incense nice.
Are her fair hands playing with dice?
I’d ask the east breeze to bring her a lover’s line,
For love intoxicates more than wine.
Son of Qin Guan, the poet writes this poem for his love, wellknown for the last line.
The title of the song is “Song of Divination”. It is one of Qin Zhan’s only surviving lyrics, and it is about his fond feelings for the person he loves in spring. The lyricist captures the characteristics of the scenery and paints a picture of early spring with rippling spring waves, clear and brimming, chilly spring and pretty flowering branches. A few words are used to embellish the mood of the words. The opening chapter closely follows the theme of the words and uses the scene to support the emotion, showing the delight at the coming of spring and also paving the way for the woman being thought of.