想前因


• 《想前因》 On Predestination
招子庸輯,金文泰譯

「煩過一陣,想起吓前因。此生何事墮落紅塵。我想託世做到女流原係可憫,況且青樓女子又試斷梗無根。好極繁華不過係陪酒箇陣。等到客散燈寒又試自己斷魂。有客就叫做姑娘無客就下等,一時冷淡把我作賤三分。或者遇着人客有情都重還有倚凭,鬼怕箇的無情醉漢就係攞命災瘟。大抵箇日落到青樓就從箇日種恨。唉,總係由得我著緊啫。總要捱到泪盡花殘就算做過一世人。」

Prithee, ponder a moment on predestined fate.
Why do I, in this life, sink into the red mundane dust?
Methinks committal to the world in woman’s sex of itself is pitiable.
The more, then, in green arbours does a girl suffer breaking of stalk and lack of root.
Splendour’s glamour lasts but during wassail over of the wine.
Wait till the guests scatter and the lamp grows cold, then you will feel heart-broken.
If I have a guest-gallant, then I am styled ‘my lady’: if none, then I am degraded.
An instant’s dullness makes me threefold viler.
If haply you meet an impassioned guest, then you still have some reliance.
But sorely I fear those unloving drunkards; they are as a blighting pest.
In fine, ‘twas from the day when I sank into the green arbour, that I sowed the seed of remorse.
Ah! Let me vent my spite!
Withal we must endure till flowers are bruised and tears run dry: e’er we have lived a single human life.

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