|Chinese Valentine's Day Comes（情系七夕）
[ 2006-07-31 09:56 ]
The cowherd went to the brook and watched the seven pretty daughters of
the Emperor come down from heaven to take a bath. Fascinated by the youngest and
the most beautiful one, the cowherd hid her fairy clothes. When the other six
fairies went away after the bath, the youngest could not fly back to heaven
without her fairy clothes.
The cowherd then appeared and told the
Weaving Maid that he would keep her clothes until she agreed to be his wife.
After a slight hesitation, mixed with coyness and eagerness, the maid accepted
the handsome man's proposal. The couple was then married and had two children
two years later.
Meanwhile, up in heaven, the Emperor missed the beautiful skies once woven by
his seventh daughter. He ordered his daughter's grandmother to find her and
bring her back to him. As the seventh princess was flying to heaven with her
grandmother, the cowherd put on his old ox's hide (which he preserved after the
animal had died long ago) and put their children into two bamboo baskets laced
with his wife's magical fairy clothes to chase after his love.
grandmother created a milky way in
the sky with her hairpin, which kept the lovers apart. The seventh princess
moved to the star Vega (The Swooping Eagle) in the Lyra (Harp) constellation.
And the cowherd and their two children stayed on the star Altair (Flying One) in
the Aquila (Eagle) constellation.
One of the most famous poems about the legend was written by Qin Guan of in
the Song Dynasty (960-1279).
Fairy Of The Magpie Bridge
Among the beautiful clouds,
Over the heavenly
Crosses the weaving maiden.
A night of rendezvous,
Across the autumn
Surpasses joy on earth.
Moments of tender love
So sad to leave the magpie bridge.
Eternal love between us two,
the time apart.
(Translated by Kylie Hsu)