Wang Wei: White Hairs


 Once a tiny child now an old man. 
 White hairs to match the soft down. 
 How the heart gets hurt by life. 
 Beyond the Gateless Gate’s 
 Where craving ends.

Wang Wei  (699-759) and also known by other names such as Wang Youcheng, was a Tang Dynasty Chinese poetmusicianpainter, and statesman. He was one of the most famous men of arts and letters of his time. Many of his poems are preserved, and twenty-nine were included in the highly influential 18th century anthology Three Hundred Tang Poems.


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