Shen Garden in Shangyu, near Shaoxing, Zhejiang Province
The Shen Garden
Lu You (1125-1210)
The sun is sinking behind the city wall
to the sad notes of a shining bugle.
In the Shen Garden,
the pond and the pavilion appear
no longer to be the same,
except the heart-breaking spring ripples
still so green under the bridge,
the ripples that reflected her arrival
light-footed, in such beauty
as would shame wild goose into fleeing.
It's forty years since we last met,
the dream broken, the scent vanished,
in the Shen Garden, the aged willows
produce no more catkins.
I'm old, already turning into the dust
of Mount Ji, when I shed a drop of tear
at this old scene.
ShěnYuán èr Shǒu
Lù Yóu 1125-1210
Chénɡshànɡ xiéyánɡ huà jiǎo āi,
Shěnyuán fēi fù jiù chí tái.
Shānɡ xīn qiáoxià chūnbō lǜ,
Cénɡ shì jīnɡhónɡ zhào yǐnɡ lái.
Mènɡ duàn xiānɡ xiāo sìshí nián,
Shěnyuán rén lǎo bù chuī mián.
Cǐ shēn xínɡ zuò jīshān tǔ,
Yóu diào yí zōnɡ yī xuàn rán.
Shen Garden is situated on the western side of Yanghe Alley, Middle Lu Xun Road, Shaoxing City. It is a famous Southern Song Dynasty garden, well known for the story of the tragic marriage of Lu You, a patriotic poet in the Southern Song Dynasty,His poem, Chaitoufeng, Hairpin of Gold Phoenix, is inscribed on the wall. It was here that Lu You met his young love before his mother forced him to marry another. Lu You came back to Shen Garden and composed poems several times to express his feelings for his lost love.