So That You Faint And Die

Gustave Flaubert to Louise Colet
-- August 15, 1846 --

I will cover you with love when next I see you,
with caresses, with ecstasy.

I want to gorge you with all the joys of the flesh,
so that you faint and die.

I want you to be amazed by me, and to confess to
yourself that you had never dreamed of such

When you are old, I want you to recall those few
hours, and I want your dry bones to quiver with joy
when you think of them.

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