The Ten Virtues of Tea

Tea leaves

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.)

《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 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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