Inscription: Artist’s inscription and signature (3 columns in semi-cursive script) 
No matter what, flowers die.
As if they once knew me, swallows return.
In the winter of the wushen year , [Lin] Yutang wrote this for Xiangru [Hsiang Ju Lin].
Lin Yutang 林語堂
 Documentation from Shi-yee Liu, Straddling East and West: Lin Yutang, A Modern Literatus: The Lin Yutang Family Collection of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2007, no. 3, p. 29.