烈女操 A Song of a Pure-hearted Girl

孟郊 Meng Jiao

Lakka-trees ripen two by two
wú tóng xiāng dài lǎo ,
And mandarin-ducks die side by side.
yuān yāng huì shuāng sǐ ;
If a true-hearted girl will love only her husband,
zhēn fù guì xùn fū ,
In a life as faithfully lived as theirs,
shě shēng yì rú cǐ 。
What troubling wave can arrive to vex
bō lán shì bù qǐ ,
A spirit like water in a timeless well?
qiè xīn jǐng zhōng shuǐ 。

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