Song of a Southern Country
· Seeing Chen Shugu off
Turning my head, I find rugged mountains bar the sky,
I can no longer see you in the town.
Who can be like the hilltop tower looking down,
It welcomed you from the west and bids you goodbye.
I come back at dusk in a gentle breeze.
On chilly pillow how can I dream with ease?
Where will the flickering lamp shed its lonely light
When autumn rain no longer falls drop by drop,
Oh, will tears stop?
The poet writes this lyric when he sees the governor of Hangzhou off.
“Song of a Southern Country · Seeing Chen Shugu off” is a lyric composed by Su Shi, a writer and lyricist of the Northern Song Dynasty. It is a piece of farewell, with deep meaning in its freshness and strong emotion in its nature. The first piece of the poem looks back at the parting place of Linping Town and Linping Mountain after the breakup, expressing the infinite fond memories of the past and the attachment to the friend, while the second piece describes the nostalgic feelings of returning. The next piece is about the nostalgic feeling of returning home. As the friend has passed away, the evening breeze on the way home is miserable, expressing the lyricist’s sincere feelings of farewell. The whole lyric is written with sincerity and majestic atmosphere.