Response to Li Qingzhao’s “Magnolia Flowers” (Shorter Version)

Red
Red clouds
Red clouds at dawn
A new day begins to bleed

White
White magnolia
White magnolia blooms
Drift nude on branches of spring

Who can compare to these?

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Tune: “Magnolia Flowers” (A shorter version)
by Li Qingzhao

From the flower vendor I bought
A sprig of spring just bursting into bloom-
Sprinkled all over with teardrops
Still tinged with traces of
Roseate clouds and morning dew.

Lest my beloved should think
I ‘ m not so fair as the flower,
I pin it slanting in my cloud hair,
And ask him to see
Which of us is the lovelier:
The flower or I.

Translated by Jiaosheng Wang.

·减字木兰花
卖花担上,买得一枝春欲放。泪染轻匀,犹带彤霞晓露痕。
怕郎猜道,奴面不如花面好。云鬓斜簪,徒要教郎比并看。

·減字木蘭花
賣花擔上,買得一枝春欲放。淚染輕勻,猶帶彤霞曉露痕。
怕郎猜道,奴面不如花面好。雲鬢斜簪,徒要教郎比並看。

Qīngzhào Jiǎn zì mùlánhuā
Mài huā dān shàng, mǎidé yīzhī chūn yù fàng. Lèi rǎn qīng yún, yóu dài tóng xiá xiǎo lù hén.
Pà láng cāi dào, nú miàn bùrú huā miàn hǎo. Yúnbìn xié zān, tú yào jiàoláng bǐ bìng kàn.

Reduced/word/magnolia flower
sell/flower/carry/upon, buy/one/sprig/spring/desire/release. Tears/spread/lightly/evenly, still/carrying/red/red clouds/dawn/dew/traces.
Afraid/young man-you/guess/say/slave-I/ face/not/as/flower/face/good. Cloud of hair/incline/hairpin, in vain/demand/young man-you/to compare/together/see.

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