The Ten Virtues of Tea

This was written more than a thousand years back in the Tang dynasty by a eunuch called Liu Zhen Liang. 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. (Translation by myself.)











The Ten 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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