A sexy complexity of caramel amber musk, dark patchouli, apricot-rosewater white chocolate truffles, peach brandy, plumeria, coconut sage, Tiare, raspberry cream, and neroli orange flowers.
I resolved to make a virtue of my desire.
My rewards will be commensurate with your gifts
if only you give me the one that lifts
And though it costs you nothing,
still it is of immense value to me.
Your reward will be
not just to fly
but to soar, so high
that your joys vastly exceed your desires.
And my beauty, to which your heart aspires
and which you never tire of praising,
I will employ for the raising
of your spirits. Then, lying sweetly at your side,
I will shower you with all the delights of a bride,
which I have more expertly learned.
Veronica Franco (1546-1591)
loose translation by Michael R. Burch
Art: A Classical Beauty by Luis Falero, 1889