Pure Serene Music
Spring cannot be retained,
Though orioles have exhausted their song.
The ground is strewn with fallen reds like brocade stained,
The southern garden washed by rain all the night long.
For the first time the songstress plucks the pipa string;
At dawn her yearning soars into the sky.
The painted hall with crimson door’s no place for spring;
The vernal breeze with willow down wafts high.
This poem describes a songstress’ regret for the departing spring.
“Pure Serene Music – Later Spring” is a work by Wang Anguo, a lyricist of the Song Dynasty. The upper part of the lyric depicts the depressed scenery in the twilight of spring and expresses the sentiment of cherishing flowers and spring, expressing the author’s melancholy feelings of lamenting the passing of beautiful years; the lower part of the lyric expresses the sadness of passing away in the twilight of spring and the sorrow of being far away, and expresses the author’s character of not being close to the powerful and noble by the fact that the poplar flowers in the twilight of spring refuse to fly into the painted halls of the powerful and noble families. It is a great work of spring lyrics, with a blend of scenes, freshness, twists and turns, and exquisite writing.