Love Commencing from a Simple Act of Kindness

Lovers’ Mirror of South Song Dynasty

Wan Fei-Yin & Anthony Cheung

This song comes from the opera Lovers’ Mirror of South Song Dynasty. It describes the scene in which a young couple meets and falls in love in a dilapidated temple where they are seeking refuge from the torrential rain. The young maiden is separated from her family as they flee from danger caused by some riots, but a brave young man steps forward to protect her. As they are both drenched, he starts a fire and suggests she take off her clothes to dry behind a drape that he improvises to give her some privacy. The maiden is very moved by his good manners and kindness. They fall in love there and then.