Garden of Serenity

From A Chinese Garden of Serenity (1959), by Hung Tzu-ch’eng, translated by Chao Tze-chiang:

The green bamboo, withstanding frigid frost, appreciates its integrity, yet its self-appreciation does not spoil its elegance. The crimson lotus, dallying with autumnal water, is gorgeous in its color, yet its gorgeousness does not injure its purity.