What lies behind the porcelain face?
So pale in beauty,
So fair in grace.
What means the painted tears of red?
A true love lost?
Or hurt long bred?
What caused the smile of rosy lips?
A stolen kiss?
Or a tender glimpse?
What shaped the curve of silken cheek
An Italian hand?
Or a peasant meek?
What secrets fill the empty eyes?
A startling truth?
Or a subtle lie?
Behind the mask what will I find?
A face grotesque?
Or beauty undefined?