087 杜甫 – 麗人行


087 杜甫 – 麗人行
087 DU Fu – Ode to Beautiful Ladies

中文原文﹕

三月三日天氣新,
長安水邊多麗人。
態濃意遠淑且真,
肌理細膩骨肉勻。
繡羅衣裳照暮春,
蹙金孔雀銀麒麟。
頭上何所有?
翠微㔩葉垂鬢唇。
背後何所見?
珠壓腰衱穩稱身。
就中雲幕椒房親,
賜名大國虢與秦。

紫駞之峰出翠釜,
水精之盤行素鱗。
犀箸饜飫久未下,
鸞刀縷切空紛綸。
黃門飛鞚不動塵,
御廚絡繹送八珍。
簫鼓哀吟感鬼神,
賓從雜遝實要津。

後來鞍馬何逡巡?
當軒下馬入錦茵。
楊花雪落覆白蘋,
青鳥飛去銜紅巾。
炙手可熱勢絕倫,
慎莫近前丞相嗔。

英文翻譯 / English Translation﹕

So fine and bright is the day on the third of March,
By the riverside of Changan gather many a lady on a spring excursion.
They are full-figured, high-spirited and genuinely noble,
With delicate flesh and skin over an even bone structure.
Glowing in the twilight of spring are their luxurious silk robes,
Embroidered with peacocks in gilded threads and unicorns in silvery yarn.
What adorns their head?
Jade hairpins with decorative flowery pieces that hang by their sideburns.
What embellishes their rear?
Accentuating their waist are belts studded with pearls.
In amongst them are the sisters of Lady Yang, the emperor's queen figure,
Who have been bestowed grand titles to their ladyship honour.

The violet camel hump delicacies they dine on were prepared in pots made of jade,
Fresh fish are presented on exquisite crystal platters.
Seemingly full they hesitate with their chopsticks made of rhinoceros horns,
Yet they still have the royal kitchen busily knifing intricate food sculptures.
Imperial eunuchs dash to and fro to service provide and dust avoid,
Royal cooks continue without rest to dish up classic cuisines containing the eight rarities.
Flute play and drumming add to entertain the atmosphere and all souls invigorate,
Of the numerous guests there, every single one holds an important post.

And who is this that comes late strolling on an austere steed?
By the marquee curtains the rider hops off onto a carpet of verdure.
Willow flowers, like snow, drift and float over duckweed,
Here comes a bluebird bearing a piece of red cloth to a message deliver.
This is a man of cardinal power, absolutely unrivalled,
Do take care not to approach too close and challenge that temper of our premier.

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