a. Ode on White Silk
b. White Silk: A Ballad
a. translated by alexcwlin/edited by Adam Lam
b. translated by哈佛大学的宇文所安教授（Prof. Stephen Owen）
a. Silk reeled from cocoons needs to be long but not pure in whiteness.
b. In reeling silk one needs length, one does not need white color;
a. High-quality silk fabrics are measured with dainty rulers.
b. for Yue gossamer and Shu brocade use a foot-long ruler marked with golden grains.
a. Looms in weavers’ hands produce crisscrossed fabrics in deep red,
b. On an ivory loom a marble hand throws dark red into confusion,
a. as well as dark green with grass and flower patterns.
b. myriad plants and a thousand flowers stir their fixed sapphire.
a. It’s saddening to see purity could be tainted any time.
b. Already sad that the plain fabric is dyed to suit the fashion,
a. When fabrics are cut from loom, its colors radiate.
b. it is ripped and falls from the singing loom shooting rays of color.
a. A lovely lady carefully irons out wrinkles.
b. A lovely woman, taking great care, irons it flat;
a. Seamstress makes sure needlework is invisible.
b. when cut and sewn there will disappear all trace of needle and thread.
a. In spring, a dress is put on to dance for you,
b. Worn as clothes for spring weather, it dances for the lord,
a. which attracts flying butterflies and singing orioles to join.
b. then butterflies come flying, and yellow orioles speak.
a. Amorous are willows’ falling catkins and waving branches.
b. Falling floss and drifting strands also have feeling,
a. In harmony, dress wafts up slightly under breeze and sun.
b. catching sunlight as they go with the breeze, it is right that they float up lightly.
a. Traces of sweat and dust sully colors.
b. Fragrant sweat and light dust sully its complexion;
a. Dress was new at start but turns old when finished; where should it go?
b. they open the new and pack up the old, to be put away where?
a. Can’t you see, sir, it’s so difficult for hidden gem to be uncovered.
b. Haven’t you seen how hard it is to raise talented men to office?—
a. Once discovered, fear exists when ax could fall to make unfamiliar trip unbearable.
b. they fear that they will be tossed away and will have to bear long travels.