Peach flowers bloom flamboyantly
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Peach flowers bloom flamboyantly by Pre-Qin Poetry
中文原文

桃之夭夭,灼灼其华。

之子于归,宜其室家。

桃之夭夭,有蕡其实。

之子于归,宜其家室。

桃之夭夭,其叶蓁蓁。

之子于归,宜其家人。


English Translation

Peach flowers bloom flamboyantly,

girl comes to here and have a nice husband.

Peach flowers bloom gorgeously,

girl stays at here and have many cute kids.

Peach flowers bloom verdantly,

girls loves here and wanders among the peach trees.

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