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YUEYANG PAVILION (EXCERPT)
by Fan Zhongyan (989 - 1052, Song Dynasty)
English translation: Miao Guang

Do not take pleasure in material goods,
Do not express pity for oneself.

Occupiers of the palace hall worry for their people;
Dwellers of remote districts worry for their ruler.

Progress causes worry,
Retreat likewise causes worry;
Exactly when will a moment of happiness come?

It is when one is able to
Regard as one’s top concern the state’s affairs,
And place as one’s last goal one’s own enjoyments.

── from Fan Wenzheng Ji (Collection of Fan’s Literary Works)

DEVOTE YOUR MIND TO HEAVEN AND EARTH
by Zhang Zai (1020 - 1077, Song Dynasty)

English translation: John Balcom

Devote your mind to heaven and earth;
Devote your life to the people.
Succeed the wisdom of the past sages;
Create peace for ten thousand generations.

── from Zhangzi Quanshu (Complete Works by Zhang Zi)