Li Shangyin: Mengze Marsh ~ 《梦泽》 李商隐 with English Translations

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《梦泽》 李商隐


Mengze Marsh
Li Shangyin

The grass trembles before a mournful wind o’er the lakeshore;
Here a king of Chu buried all the pretty girls of his capital.
Although none of them knew how long she could dance for the king,
For thinning their waists, their food was stinted—what was the good after all?

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