The words of Spring Fragrance struck a chord in Li-niang's heart.She sighed:"Let me tell you a secret,Spring Fragrance.A young man did come when I was in the garden!"Then Li-niang told Spring Fragrance her dream.She recalled:"I remember now,Spring Fragrance,that the scholar in my dream gave me a willow twig.This may be a sign that my husband's name will be 'Liu'.(1) I have written a verse which hints at the identity of my love.Do you think I should write it on this scroll?"Then Li-niang wrote the verse on the painting:Seen from nearby the figure seems human;From afar she seems an angel.If one day she can join her scholar-lover,it will be near the plum and the willow.
(1)Liu means "willow" in Chinese.