Red clouds at dawn
A new day begins to bleed
White magnolia blooms
Drift nude on branches of spring
Who can compare to these?
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.
Lǐ 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.
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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