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Songs of the Soul

On a dark night,
Inflamed by love-longing -
O exquisite risk! -
Undetected I slipped away.
My house, at last, grown still.
Secure in the darkness,
I climbed the secret ladder in disguise -
O exquisite risk! -
Concealed by the darkness.
My house, at last, grown still.

That sweet night: a secret.
Nobody saw me;
I did not see a thing.
No other light, no other guide
Than the one burning in my heart.

This light led the way
More clearly than the risen sun
To where he was waiting for me

- The one I knew so intimately -
In a place where no one could find us.

O night, that guided me!
O night, sweeter than sunrise!
O night, that joined lover with Beloved!
Lover transformed in Beloved!
Upon my blossoming breast,
Which I cultivated just for him,
He drifted into sleep,
And while I caressed him,
A cedar breeze touched the air.

Wind blew down from the tower,
Parting the locks of his hair.
With his gentle hand
He wounded my neck
And all my senses were suspended.

I lost myself. Forgot myself.
I lay my face against the Beloved's face.
Everything fell away and I left myself behind,
Abandoning my cares
Among the lilies, forgotten.


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Politeness is a desire to be treated politely, and to be esteemed polite oneself.
FRANCOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.
JEAN DE LA FONTAINE
In short, Luck's always to blame.
JEAN DE LA FONTAINE
A hungry stomach cannot hear.
JEAN DE LA FONTAINE
People always complain about their memories, never about their minds.
FRANCOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its shortness.
JEAN DE LA BRUYERE
The great thing about fashion is that it always looks forward.
OSCAR DE LA RENTA
One forgives to the degree that one loves.
FRANCOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
Nature's laws must be obeyed, and the period of decline begins, and goes on with accelerated rap...
WARREN DE LA RUE
For a deeper interest in the Moon than I ever felt before.
WARREN DE LA RUE
Online media is increasingly influential in fashion.
OSCAR DE LA RENTA
I want to make clothes that people will wear, not styles that will make a big splash on the runway.
OSCAR DE LA RENTA
Often something more simple would be better. Sometimes I put things together - a shirt, a sweater, a...
INES DE LA FRESSANGE
One thing Della Valle taught me is the power to say no if something isn't right. That mattered e...
INES DE LA FRESSANGE
Buying a matching blouse and skirt from the same store is a crime. A clever mix of chic and cheap hi...
INES DE LA FRESSANGE
I saw a lot of haute couture all my childhood, and without knowing it I've learned from when I w...
INES DE LA FRESSANGE
We can never be certain of our courage until we have faced danger.
FRANCOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
There is such a thing as a general revolution which changes the taste of men as it changes the fortu...
FRANCOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
I grew up with classical music blasting in my parents' living room and my older brother's pr...
JOSEPHINE DE LA BAUME
In the misfortunes of our best friends we always find something not altogether displeasing to us.
FRANCOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
He got out of bed and peeped through the blinds. To the east and opposite to him gardens and an appl...
WALTER DE LA MARE
Passion often makes a madman of the cleverest man, and renders the greatest fools clever.
FRANçOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and ...
FRANCOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
I'm short and curvy, but I think people want to work with me for reasons other than what I look ...
JOSEPHINE DE LA BAUME
We get so much in the habit of wearing disguises before others that we finally appear disguised befo...
FRANCOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
Softly along the road of evening, / In a twilight dim with rose, / Wrinkled with age, and drenched w...
WALTER DE LA MARE