Poem Translation: Be concerned about the affairs of state first, before enjoying life's comfort

Pronunciation in Pinyin: Xian1 Tian1 Xia4 Zhi1 You1 Er2 You1, Hou4 Tian1 Xia4 Zhi1 Le4 Er2 Le4

About the Poem and Writer: This poem was written by Fan Zhong Yan (899-1052).  He had a great influence on politics, military, and education during the Song Dynasty. He served the Emperor his whole life. But because he boldly shared his new ides with the Emperor, he was demoted and sent to a faraway and insignificant post. This poem was written by him on the way.

He expressed the belief that as a civil servant he should fulfill his responsibility to his country before enjoying his life or personal pleasures. Although this poem was originally written with service to one's country in mind, the meaning has gradually changed along with society. Now it is used to express the idea that one should fulfill his responsibilities to others before thinking of himself. This is considered a virtue and espouses a selfless and humble attitude.

Official Title: Note for Yue Yang Tower

The red scroll photo is a computerized image representing what the characters in the scroll are. The gold scroll photo is an actual hand painted scroll, but the characters may be different. All scrolls are 100% hand made and hand painted.

Script: Poem will be written in the Lishu official calligraphy script. This popular style is clear and smooth.

Size: 11" X 32" (25Cm X 80 Cm) - Also available in larger sizes

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Also you can choose a custom inscription, perfect for gifts! Click link for an example of a personalized message in English. You can choose any message for your own inscription. The length of the scroll may be adjusted slightly to accommodate your inscription.

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  • Product Code: Fang Zhong Yan Song Dynasty Selfless Chinese Poem Scroll
  • Availability: In Stock
  • $31.99

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