Pride of the Fishermen
V Farewell to Cheng Gongbi
By western city wall at dusk the grass grows green,
The western hills on hills where we met form a screen.
The swallows in the nest, flowers fall from the tree.
We drink wine cup in hand,
It’s hard to sail between the cliffs for our homeland
Your home at citygate and mine by riverside,
They are not separated by a river wide.
How deep your love to break a willow twig for me
It’s filled with spring,
A sprig to your home on the southern shore I’ll bring.
The poet bids farewell to a friend of his native place.
“Pride of the Fishermen V Farewell to Cheng Gongbi” is a lyric by Zhang Xian of the Song Dynasty. The upper part of the lyric is about the time, place and scenery of the farewell banquet, while the lower part is about the feelings of farewell. The whole lyric is full of folk songs, the language is clear and fluent, the meaning of the lyric revolves like a ring, and the sentiment is lingering and moving. The combination of the hardship of the journey, the deep love of the friends and the confusion of the farewell, together with the special long and short sentences and rhymes of “Fisherman’s Ao”, make this lyric a stirring and touching read.