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The Book of Songs 詩經

國風‧鄭‧出其東門 Lessons from the states - Odes of Zheng - Chu Qi Dong Men

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I went out at the east gate,
Where the girls were in clouds.
Although they are like clouds,
It is not on them that my thoughts rest.
She in the thin white silk, and the grey coiffure, -
She is my joy!


I went out by the tower on the covering wall,
Where the girls were like flowering rushes.
Although they are like flowering rushes,
It is not of them that I think.
She in the thin white silk, and the madder-[dyed coiffure], -
It is she that makes me happy!


English translation: James Legge

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