Han Yü

Poetry on Peace

Han Yü (768-824):

Late Spring
Grand Unity (805)

Edited by Peter Y. Chou


Grass and trees know the return of spring
Red and purple contend in beauty
Poplar blossoms and elm seeds are not beautiful
They just fill the sky with flight like snow.



take it unto yourself,
find ease and happiness

use it with others
be loving and fair

take it to your own mind,
find peace, quietness

use it for empire and state
find it works everywhere.

Han Yü (768-824), "Grand Unity"
in Essentials of the Moral Way, Section VI (805)
quoted in Charles Hartman,
Han Yü and the T'ang Search for Unity
Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 1986, p. 154

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