The 10 Virtues of Tea

This was written more than a thousand years back in the Tang dynasty by a eunuch called Liu Zhenliang. It’s not the greatest poem ever written about tea (it reads a bit like the side-effects warning on a modern box of medicine) but it has its moments and gives an insight into why tea became so popular in China at that time.

This first appeared on an old blog of mine about tea and was translated by myself:

《茶十德》

以茶散郁气;

以茶驱睡气;

以茶养生气;

以茶除病气;

以茶利礼仁;

以茶表敬意;

以茶尝滋味;

以茶养身体;

以茶可行道;

以茶可雅志。

 

The 10 Virtues of Tea

Tea disperses your gloomy mood;

Tea drives away sleep;

Tea fosters vitality;

Tea casts away illness;

Tea is the beginning of courtesy and humanity;

Tea represents respect;

Tea increases sophistication;

Tea nurtures your body;

Tea helps you follow the Tao;

Tea refines your ideals.

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