The Melody of the Land South of the River 1

Li, Yi (748 A.D.-829 A.D.)

I married a merchant
Who often traveled to the Ju-tang Gorge 2
And always put off the day of his return.
If I had known that the tide ebbs and flows regularly,
I would have married a tide player 3.

1 The river refers to the Yangtze River.

2 The Ju-tang Gorge is a treacherous section of the Yangtze River.

3 When the tide came in, tide players would ride a small boat to meet the tide. Breaking dangerous waves, the boat would advance and retreat with the tide.