"Those who speak know nothing;
Those who know are silent."
These words, as I am told,
Were spoken by Lao Tsu.
If we are to believe that Lao Tsu
Was himself one who knew,
How did he happen to write a book
Five thousand words long?
(adapted from a translation by Arthur Waley)
More about Bai Juyi
Song of Everlasting Sorrow
The Grain-Tax (a poem)
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