Tag: chinese poems

The Great Learning • Da Xue 大學 Confucian Teaching

The way of great learning lies in illuminating bright virtue; Holding people dear and stopping only at utmost goodness. To illuminate brightest virtue under Heaven, ancients governed their states first. To govern their states, they first put their families in order. To put their families in order, they first cultivated their body. To cultivate their body, […]

Poetry of Protracted Illness

Visit from a Friend  Po Chu’i [772-846 CE] I have been ill so long that I do not count the days; At the southern window, evening – and again evening. Sadly chirping in the grasses under my eaves The winter sparrows morning and evening sing. By an effort I rise and lean heavily on my […]

 
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