Tune: Minor Sacred Music
· Sudden Shower Beating on New Lotus Leaves
Green leaves casting deep shade
Over pavilions and bowers by the pool
Bring a delightful cool.
The pomegranates in early flower
Look like frowning red brocade.
Young swallows chirp and orioles warble their song
While cicadas on high willow trees trill along.
A sudden shower
With raindrops like pearls or dew
Beats on lotus leaves new.
How many people can live to a hundred years?
Do not let golden hours and fine scenery
Our poor destiny
Cannot be turned another way.
It’s better to invite friends and enjoy with peers
Good wine and songs we sing low.
Be tipsy while we may,
And let the sun and moon come and go
Like shuttles to and fro!
“Tune: Minor Sacred Music · Sudden Shower Beating on New Lotus Leaves” is a work by Yuan Hao Wen, a writer of scattered songs in the Jin Dynasty. The upper piece of this piece is about the natural scenery of the garden pavilion in summer, with distinctive rhetoric, warm atmosphere, fresh and elegant, and good lines, highlighting the characteristics of summer in the garden; the lower piece is about the feelings of the heart, lamenting the shortage of life and the fate of the poor, and drawing the conclusion of timely happiness, which is somber and bleak without losing its openness. The whole piece is a typical song of its time and its people, and it is thought-provoking.