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THE BEAUTIFUL XI SHI

Wang Wei

 

Since beauty is honored all over the Empire

How could Xi Shi remain humbly at home? —

Washing clothes at dawn by a southern lake —

And that evening a great lady in a palace of the north:

Lowly one day no different from the others

 The next day exalted everyone praising her.

 No more would her own hands powder her face

Or arrange on her shoulders a silken robe.

And the more the King loved her the lovelier she looked

 Blinding him away from wisdom.

…Girls who had once washed silk beside her

Were kept at a distance from her chariot.

And none of the girls in her neighbours’ houses

By pursing their brows could copy her beauty.

 

 

西施詠

王維

 

豔色天下重,西施甯久微。

朝爲越溪女,暮作吳宮妃。

賤日豈殊衆,貴來方悟稀。

邀人傅脂粉,不自著羅衣。

君寵益嬌態,君憐無是非。

當時浣紗伴,莫得同車歸。

持謝鄰家子,效颦安可希。