Quiet girl
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《静女》

- Last updated: 2024-03-22 16:10:13

Quiet girl by Pre-Qin Poetry
中文原文

静女其姝,俟我于城隅。

爱而不见,搔首踟蹰。

静女其娈,贻我彤管。

彤管有炜,说怿女美。

自牧归荑,洵美且异。

匪女之为美,美人之贻。


English Translation

The girl was so quiet,

shyly asked me out.

Hid in the bush,coy to confess,

i walked here and there,nowhere found her.


The girl was so gorgeous,

secretly gave me a rose.

Rose was red as her blushing face,

i really loved that dreamy colour.


She plucked the herbs from the forest,

left me a beautiful love story.

I still treasure those herbs,so merry,

always make me miss her sweet.

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