Song of Divination
· In Reply to Her Love
My love is deep as the sea high;
The past is far away as the sky.
The thousand streams of tears I shed
Make me heart-broken and half dead.
If I cannot see you again,
Why don’t we cut to kill my pain?
If we are fated not to be man and wife,
Let us be married in another life!
The songstress writes this lyric in reply to an official whom she loves and who writes on his departure from her the following lyric:
Our love was deep when we first met. Why not earlier so we may not regret? A thousand songstresses I knew, but no one is as good as you. I leave you to go on my way. l’m much grieved, but what can I say? You’d lean on rails of your bower, alas! And shed tears on sweet grass.
The poem “Song of Divination · In Reply to Her Love” is a poem written by Le Wan, a famous courtesan of the Southern Song Dynasty. It expresses the poet’s painful feelings when parting from his lover, and at the same time reflects the spirit of life and death between the poet and his lover. The lyrics are straightforward and clear as words.