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One night's east wind adorns a thousand trees with flowers
And blows down stars and showers.
Fine steeds and carved cabs spread fragrance en route;
Music vibrates from the flute;
The moon sheds its full light,
While fish and dragons lanterns dance all night.
In golden-threaded dress, with moth or willow ornaments,
Giggling, she melts into the throng with trails of scents.
But in the crowd once and again
I look for her in vain.
When all at once I turn my head,
I find her there where lantern light is dimly shed.
The Lantern Festival
by Xin Qiji （Song Dynasty;1140-1207）
Translated by Xu Yuan-zhong (許淵沖）
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