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Li Qingzhao: “Intoxicated under the shadow of flowers”

Li Qingzhao, also known as Yi’an Jushi, was a Chinese writer of the Song Dynasty (1083-1151), which was also seduced by wine in many of her work.

Li Qingzhao


Light mists and heavy clouds,
melancholy the long dreay day,

In the golden cencer
the burning incense is dying away.

It is again time
for the lovely floral games of Chrysanthemum;

The coolness of midnight
penetrates my screen of sheer silk
and chills my pillow of jade.

After drinking wine at twilight
under the chrysanthemum hedge,

My sleeves are perfumed
by the faint fragrance of the plants.

Oh, I cannot say it is not enchanting,

Only, when the west wind stirs the curtain,
I see that I am more gracile
than the yellow flowers.