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Songs of Flying Dragons – Though he was busy with war, he loved the way of the scholar



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From the Columbia Anthology of Traditional Korean Poetry – edited by Peter Lee

From Songs of Flying Dragons

He was consistent from beginning to end.
Meritorious subjects were truly loyal to him.
He secured the throne for myriad years.
Would his royal works ever cease?

Though he was busy with war,
He loved the way of the scholar.
His work of achieving peace
Shone brilliantly.

He did not boast of his natural gifts,
His learning was equally deep.
The vast scope of royal works
Was indeed great.

Upon receiving an old scholar
He knelt down with due politeness.
What can you say about
His respect for scholarship?

The source of the experience

Taejo of Joseon

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