Tune: Charm of a Maiden Singer -- Memories of the Past at Red Cliff
The endless river eastward flows;
With its huge waves are gone all those
Gallant heroes of bygone years.
West of the ancient fortress appears
Red Cliff where General Zhou Yu won his early fame,
When the Three Kingdoms were in flame.
Jugged rocks tower in the air
And swashing waves beat on the shore,
Rolling up a thousand heaps of snow.
To match the hills and the river so fair,
How many heroes brave of yore
Had made a great show!
I fancy General Zhou Yu at the height
Of his success, with a plume fan in the hand,
In a silk hood, so brave and bright,
Laughing and jesting with his bride so fair,
While enemy ships were destroyed as planned
Like shadowy castles in the air.
Should their souls revisit this land,
Sentimental, his bride would laugh to say:
Younger than they, I have my hair turned grey.
Life is but like a passing dream.
O Moon, I drink to you who saw them on the stream.
By Su Shi