The Beautiful Lady Yu
· Written while Drunk in a Farewell Feast
Setting sail, I will go but still I scratch my hair,
Drunk with your wine and care.
We’ve waited for spring breeze, crooning verse day by day,
But when peach blossoms blow, in haste I’ll go away.
The songstress sobs when I’m about to go.
Can I forget, wine cup in hand, her song of snow?
When I awake tomorrow, the river still flows;
Laden with parting grief, the ship still southward goes.
The poet expresses in this lyric his grief of parting with spring and with his friend.
“The Beautiful Lady Yu · Written while Drunk in a Farewell Feast” is a poem written by Chen Youyi, a lyricist of the Southern Song Dynasty. It was written at a farewell banquet. The first piece expresses the feeling of not being able to bear parting and recalls the friendship between them. The next piece describes the scene at the banquet and imagines the sorrowful thoughts after the farewell. The whole lyric echoes the first and the last, and is perfectly structured, with strong words and deep emotions.