When the sound of the night bell rippled throughout Jian-ye City
I stood in the misty rain on the shore of the Chu River 2.
The approaching sail covered by a thick layer of vapor became heavy.
After dusk the birds left later than usual.
The door of the sea 3 was too far away to see.
The distant trees along the shore seemed to contain dense moisture.
When I said farewell my heart was so full of emotion
That my tears and scattered threads of rain 4 mingled together.
Jian-ye City was the old name for Nanjing. During the Three Kingdoms
Period, Jian-ye City was the capital of the Kingdom of Wu.
The section of the Yangtze River from Ru-xu-kou City to the Three Gorges
belonged to the State of Chu during the Warring States Period. Therefore, this
part of the river was called the Chu River.
The door of the sea refers to the place where the Yang-tze River enters the
The poem "Miscellaneous", written by Xie Zhang of the Jin dynasty, says,
"The dense rain is like scattered threads."