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
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.