The wild wisterias grows on the field
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《野有蔓草》

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The wild wisterias grows on the field by Pre-Qin Poetry
中文原文

野有蔓草,零露漙兮。

有美一人,清扬婉兮。

邂逅相遇,适我愿兮。

野有蔓草,零露瀼瀼。

有美一人,婉如清扬。

邂逅相遇,与子偕臧。


English Translation

The wild wisterias grows on the field,

dew twinkles on those little leaves.

A beautiful girl walks on the path,

encountering her is my best luck.


The wild wisterias grows on the field,

dew falls on those little leaves.

A beautiful girl walks on the path,

we have a dreamlike tryst.

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