Response to another of Li Qingzhao’s “Fisherman’s Pride”

Snow erased by sun and rain,
Every branch begins to bud
X    Dark panicles of lilac
Nebulae
X         Of rich purple in the night.

Fresh from a shower at dusk,
Tenebrous half-hidden flesh—
X    Fragrant—moonlit—muscular—
Promises
X         A pleasure crepuscular.

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(for Cutty)

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.

Translated by Jiaosheng Wang.

李清照渔家傲
雪里已知春信至,寒梅点缀琼枝腻。香脸半开娇旖旎,当庭际,玉人浴出新妆洗。
造化可能偏有意,故教明月玲珑地。共赏金尊沈绿蚁,莫辞醉,此花不与群花比。

李清照漁家傲
雪裡已知春信至,寒梅點綴瓊枝膩。香臉半開嬌旖旎,當庭際,玉人浴出新妝洗。
造化可能偏有意,故教明月玲瓏地。共賞金尊沈綠蟻,莫辭醉,此花不與群花比。

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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