The Double Seventh Eve
I do not know what has the Cowherd in his heart.
Why should he ask his Maid to weave a work of art?
From year to year the artful world asks to be clever;
The clever will do good, but the artful will never.
On the Seventh Evening of the Seventh Lunar Month*
I don’t understand what the man Altair means to achieve
By asking his wife Vega to show people how to weave.
On the evening each year Altair begs for techniques for men,
Knowing not that there’ve been skills more than enough in man’s world.
* According to Chinese mythology, a man originally a cowherd, became Altair while his wife, originally a woman weaver, finally became Vega. And from then on, they could only meet once a year on the seventh evening of the seventh lunar month.
The Seventh Night
I’ve never understood the Herdboy’s thoughts
why he asks the Weaving Maid to work her golden loom
every year offering her skill to the world
unaware the world has enough skills already
（Red Pine 译）