Sounds pass their lips when…



Currently reading the book “Poetry and Prose of the Tang and Song
and came across these beautiful words:

“Most things when not at peace will sound.
Plants and trees have no voice,
but rustled by the wind it sounds.
Water has no voice,
but ruffled by the wind it sounds,
splashing when struck,
gathering speed when obstructed,
and seething when heated.

Metal and stone have no voice,
but when beaten they sound.

And human utterances are the same:
men speak out when forced to it.
If they long for something, they sing;
if they are sad, they weep.
Sounds pass their lips whenever they are not at peace.

Music expresses what has been pent up,
and chooses the most resonant substances for its sounds.
Metal, stone, strings, bamboo, gourds, earthenware, leather and wood —
these eight have resonance.
It is the same with the seasons of the year:
they choose the most resonant things to transmit sound.
Thus birds warble in spring,
thunder rumbles in summer,
crickets chirp in autumn,
and the wind howls in winter;
for while the four seasons rotate there cannot be peace.

It is the same with men.
Language is the essence of human speech,
literature the essence of language,
and the most articulate are chosen as spokesmen.

p. 76

This is a lazy post 😀
But the words from the book just was too good to pass.


16 thoughts on “Sounds pass their lips when…

    • You are right Margie. THe words spoke to me and it did not let me leave without doing something about it 😀
      thanks for the like and the comment

    • LOL it sure did take time to post it eva. I actually kept it bookmarked until I got a moment to type it up. Have been hanging on to that book just for the sake of sharing the piece 🙂
      So it was not at all lazy in that perspective.
      But lazy because I did not form the words myself …
      someone had already formed it, I only reproduced it … 😀
      thanks for the visit and the comment

    • Thanks Sunshine… 🙂
      it sure is a wonderful book… it has taken me on a wonderful journey over the mountains, witnessing the moonlight, and also on war ridden lands leaving people loneley …
      and also such words full of wisdom…

leave a thread to follow :) merci

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