Snow erased by sun and rain,
Every branch begins to bud
X Dark panicles of lilac
X Of rich purple in the night.
Fresh from a shower at dusk,
Tenebrous half-hidden flesh—
X A pleasure crepuscular.
Tune: “Fisherman’s Pride”
Early Plum Blossom
by Li Qingzhao
Glossy branches of jasper,
A sprinkling of early blossoms,
Touched up by snow bring
The first tidings of spring.
Soft and delicate in her new make-up,
Fragrant face half showing,
She emerges in the middle of the courtyard-
A beauty in the flower of youth fresh from her bath.
Nature must have regarded her with special favor,
To lavish on her such splendid moonbeams.
Come drain these golden cups of emerald
Till we’re drunk.
Of all flowers this is the one beyond compare.
Li Qīngzhào Yújiā ào
Xuě lǐ yǐ zhīchūn xìn zhì , hánméi diǎnzhuì qióng zhī nì . Xiāng liǎn bàn kāi jiāo yǐnǐ , dāng tíng jì, yù rén yù chū xīn zhuāng xǐ .
Zàohuà kěnéng piān yǒuyì , gù jiào míngyuè línglóng dì . Gòng shǎng jīn zūn chén lǜ yǐ , mò cí zuì, cǐhuā bu yǔ qún huā bǐ.
Li Qingzhu Fisherman/home/pride
Snow/within/already/knows/spring/news/arrive, cold/plum/adorn/fine jade/branch/soft. Spring/face/half/open/delicate/charming/gentle, on the spot/courtyard/edge, jade/person/wash/produce/new/makeup/bath.
Nature/possibly/favour/intends, hence/cause/bright/moon/exquisite/place. Together/share/gold/cup/depths/green-ant (a famous liquor), do not/decline/intoxication, this/flower/not/with/crowd/flowers/compare.
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