a. Ode to Beautiful Ladies
b. Fair Ladies: A Ballad
a. translated by alexcwlin/edited by Adam Lam
b. translated by哈佛大学的宇文所安教授（Prof. Stephen Owen）
a. Weather is clear and fresh on third day of third lunar month.
b. On the third day of the third month, the weather is fresh,
a. Beautiful women are plentiful along waterfronts of Chang’an.
b. by the waters of Chang’an are many lovely ladies.
a. They are innately sophisticated, graceful and refined;
b. Appearance voluptuous, their mood remote, pure and true,
a. their skins are supple and soft; their physiques are well-proportioned.
b. their skin’s texture, delicate and glossy, flesh and bones well-matched.
a. Their embroidered silk dresses are radiant at spring’s dusk.
b. Embroidered gossamer gowns shine in the end of spring,
a. Pattern designs include tightly stitched golden phoenixes and silver unicorns.
b. peacocks done in gold appliqué, unicorns of silver.
a. What are they wearing on their heads?
b. And what do they have on their heads?—
a. Jade-green jewelry drapes down sides of both temples.
b. kingfisher-feather fine leaf tiaras dangling in tresses to lips.
a. What are seen at backs?
b. And at their backs what do we see?—
a. Pearl-mounted waistbands keep dresses fitted to bodies.
b. pearls encumbering waist aprons, fitted perfectly to the body.
a. Among the people are relatives of palace’s queen,
b. Among them are the cloud-like tents, the kin of the Peppered Chambers,
a. and two who were bestowed titles of Guo and Qin States first ladies.
b. those granted title to great states, to Guo and to Qin.
a. From jade-colored cauldron comes maroon camel-hump delicacy.
b. The purple hump of a camel comes forth from an azure cauldron,
a. White-colored fish is served on crystal platter.
b. and on a platter of crystal pale-white scales go.
a. Being tired of rich food, rhino-horn chopsticks long remain in mid-air.
b. From surfeit the rhino-horn chopsticks long have not been plied,
a. Quick knives have sliced slivers of dish ingredients for nothing.
b. the threadlike slices of phoenix knives are a-flurry in vain.
a. Bureaucrats’ fast horses are careful not to kick up dust.
b. The Yellow Gate’s flying bridles do not stir the dust,
a. Imperial chefs uninterruptedly send over gourmet dishes.
b. in continuous streams the Royal Kitchen sends along eight precious foods.
a. Mournful flute and drum tunes could strike a chord with supernatural.
b. The mournful droning of pan-pipes and drums stirs the spirits and gods,
a. Guests and their servants are bustling at front door.
b. attendant guests throng around—this is truly the gate to power.
a. A rider comes on saddled horse with an air of smugness.
b. A saddled horse comes later—how leisurely it advances!
a. He dismounts in front of carriage and walks over an adorned carpet.
b. at the great carriage he gets off the horse and goes in on the brocade mat.
a. Poplar fluff rains on and covers duckweed.
b. Willow flowers fall like snow covering white water-clover.
a. Green bird flies over to pick up red handkerchief with beak.
b. a bluebird flies away, a red kerchief in its beak.
a. With an inflated ego, house-master’s imposing presence is unrivaled.
b. Heat that can burn the hands, power beyond all measure
a. People are cautioned not to come near or Prime Minister would be irked.
b. — take care not to come close before the Minister’s angry glare!