• 《緣慳》Fate the Miser
I grieve that ‘twas nightfall e’er we two were acquainted; well I see fate is a miser.
In the moment we met, we met, we parted; truly I felt my heart burning.
Since the day of our seeing each other was so fair, why was a limit set upon our life together?
To-day the goose-borne missive laments the isolation of two homes.
How could I know in girlhood’s hour that I should sink hitherwards, to suffer the hardship of wanton joys?
Night by night, tho’ paired with a mate, I feel a very loneliness.
In my first remorse, I heard not thy warning, O my prince;
For wishing to pay my flower debts, in mistake I have fallen among men;
And, since I am fallen among men, needst must my eyes be discerning.
Moreover, I must have skill to choose aright.
In this world the number of those who pity flowers has indeed its limit.
But, if a man would prop up a fair flower, then with subtle care must he fence it round.