Monday, 28 May 2012

To One Unnamed V

There are many curtains in your care-free house, 
Where rapture lasts the whole night long. 
...What are the lives of angels but dreams
If they take no lovers into their rooms?
...Storms are ravishing the nut-horns,
Moon-dew sweetening cinnamon-leaves
I know well enough naught can come of this union,
Yet how it serves to ease my heart!

- Li Shangyin

Picture: "Interior With Woman in Red" by Felix Vallotton (1903).

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