The wine glass has stood empty
For more than twenty-five years.
Now, I’m intoxicated
By rain-stained lilacs x —fading
On the evening breeze x —tender
Beings who vanish like smoke.
Tune: “Sand of Silk-Washing Brook”
by Li Qingzhao
Fill no more this cup of amber,
A feeling of intoxication comes over me
Before I am deep drunk.
Evening wind blows,
Echoing the intermittent chimes of bells .
The borneols have gone out, my dream is interrupted.
My tresses fall loose,
The gold-bird hairpin is so small. ⑴
I wake up and brood idly
Over the glowing candle flame.
⑴ An allusion to a bird which spit gold presented as tribute by Yunnan to the King of Wei in the Period of the Three Kingdoms (220-265).
Mò xǔ bēi shēn hǔpò nóng , wèichéng chénzuì yì xiān róng . Shū zhōng yǐ yīng wǎn lái fēng.
Ruì nǎo xiāng xiāohún mèng duàn , pì hán jīn xiǎo jì huán sōng . Xǐng shíkōng duì zhú huāhóng .
Li Qingzhao Wash/stream/sand
Do not/allow/cup/deep/amber/dark, not/succeed/become/intoxicated/thoughts/early/harmony. Distant/bell/already/respond/evening/arrive wind.
Auspicious/essence/fragrant/melts away/spirit/dream/breaks, dispel/cold/gold/little/topknot/tied-up hair/loosen, awakening/time/idle/towards/candle/flower/red.
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