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Lotus Picking Song - Li Po

Lotus Picking Song - Li Po

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... tracing a process of translation over a thousand years

採蓮曲

若耶溪旁采蓮女
笑隔荷花共人語
日照新妝水底明
風飄香袂空中舉
岸上誰家游冶郎
三三五五映垂楊
紫騮嘶入落花去
見此踟躕空斷腸

A girl picking lotuses
                      in Ruoye Stream
laughs and chats with someone
                      hidden by the flowers.
The sun shines her fresh rouge
                      clear down to watery depths;
The breeze lifts her scented sleeves
                      into an open sky.

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