Quick Reads: “The Vase of Perfume” by Chang Wu-Chien

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The Vase of Perfume

Chang Wu-chien, translated by Gertrude L. Joerissen

 

If I open this flask of jade, in which is enclosed a

wondrous perfume, its mysterious fragrance will

overpower thee.

 

When I caress thee, O my vase of amber, do not

breathe forth thy amorous thoughts.

 

Image: Jade snuff bottle, 18th century, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 95.817.

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