Song of More Sugar
Where comes sorrow? Autumn on the heart
Of those who part.
See the banana trees
Sigh without rain or breeze!
All say that cool and nice is night,
But I won’t climb the height
For fear of the moon bright.
My years have passed in dreams
Like flowers on the streams.
The swallow gone away,
In alien land I still stay.
O willow twigs, long as you are,
Why don’t you gird her waist and bar
Her way from going afar?
This lyric describes the parting grief and nostalgic feeling.
“Song of More Sugar” is written by Wu Wenying, a Song Dynasty lyricist. It reflects the author’s disillusioned feelings during his wandering career. The first section of the poem expresses the sorrow of parting in the immediate scene; the second section broadens it to show the background and deeper meaning of his own mind, giving a deeper connotation to the farewell with his lover, and expressing the complex mood of the lyricist at the time of his writing and the many thoughts of parting.