Liu Yong

Liu Yong  (987–1053) is a Chinese poet of the Song dynasty.

He looked for the temporary passion and relaxation among the low-level dancers, singers, prostitutes and other classes. He led a poor life, died in Zhenjiang, and buried by prostitutes, dancers and singers, who in spirit were his bosom friends.


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Liu Yong

She lowers her fragrant curtain,
wanting to speak her love.

She hesitates, she frowns—
the night is too soon over!

Her lover is first to bed,
warming the duck-down quilt.

She lays aside her needle,
drops her rich silk skirt,

eager for his embrace.
He asks one thing:

that the lamp remain lit.
He wants to see her face.