Pages full of idle words
Penned with hot and bitter tears:
All men call the author fool;
None his secret message hears.
Truth becomes fiction when the fiction’s true;
Real becomes not-real when the unreal’s real.
All, insubstantial, doomed to pass,
As moonlight mirrored in the water
Or flowers reflected in a glass.
I must claim the quoter’s privilege of giving only as much of the text as will suit my purpose, said Tan-Chun. If I told you how it went on, I should end up by contradicting myself!
One day, when spring has gone and youth has fled,
The Maiden and the flowers will both be dead.
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