“Songbie”(Chinese 送别, “Farewell Song”), is a song by Chinese artist Li Shutong. Li arranged the lyrics to the melody of the mid-19th century song “Dreaming of Home and Mother” by American composer John P. Ordway. Li Shu Tong (1880-1942) is a famous Chinese painter, poet, calligrapher and musician (his most famous Chinese song is called “送别” which means “Farewell”. In his later life, he became a very famous monk known as “Hong Yi Fa Shi.” He learned calligraphy by writing Wei style mostly in the style of Zhang Meng Long. After he became a monk, his calligraphy changed and he seldom wrote in the Wei style. When Li Shu Tong was teaching music at Hang Zhou Number 1 Middle School in the 1920s, he wrote the above calligraphy work for my great-grandfather, Wu Jen Fei. At that time, he was living at my great-grandfather’s house. This is one of the calligraphy works that he gave to my great-grandfather. On the painting, he wrote one of his pen names which is Li Ying. My great-grandfather was also a big fan of Wei style.
李叔同先生是中国著名的书法家，画家和音乐教育家，后出家成为我国著名的僧人， 号弘一法师。 他的书法先学魏碑， 尤以张猛龙碑著称， 出家后书法为之变更，便很少书写魏碑体了。 这是他在杭州第一中学任教时， 写给我曾祖父吴剑飞的， 他当时还曾住在我曾祖父家， 这是其中之一，落款为李婴。 我曾祖父也非常喜欢魏碑。