Quatrain on Late Spring

Emperor Lizong Chinese

Song dynasty (960–1279)

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A Song palace seal impressed on the left-hand side of this writing reads: "Treasure of imperial writing."

In his poem, the emperor laments the coming of old age:

How spring makes me sad!
Timidly I bear the passing of spring.
The young lady has no feeling for me,
She treats my love merely as that of a waning spring.

(Wen C. Fong, trans., in Beyond Representation: Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, 8th-14th Century [New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1992], p. 242.)

Quatrain on Late Spring, Emperor Lizong (Chinese, 1205–64, r. 1224–64), Fan mounted as an album leaf; ink on silk, China

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