1. So that Tien-tan chose bulls, a thousand
  2. and covered them with great leather masks, making dragons
  3. and bound poignards to their horns
  4. and tied torches, pitch-smeared, to their tails
  5. and loosed them by night from ten points
  6. on the camp of Ki-kié the besieger
  7. lighting the torches
  8. So died Ki-kié and that town (Tsié-mé) was delivered.
  9. For three hundred years, four hundred, nothing quiet, 
  10. WALL rose in the time of TSIN CHI
  11. TCHEOU lasted eight centuries and then TSIN came
  12. and of TSIN was CHI HOANG TI that united all China
  13. who referred to himself as the surplus
  14. or needless bit of the Empire
  15. and jacked up astronomy
  16. and after 33 years burnt the books
  17. because of fool litterati
  18. by counsel of Li-ssé
  19. save medicine and on field works
  20. and HAN was after 43 years of TSIN dynasty.
  21. some fishin’ some huntin’ some things cannot be changed
  22. some cook, some do not cook
  23. some things can not be changed.

  24. And when TSE-YNG had submitted, Siao-ho ran to the palace
  25. careless of treasure, and laid hold of the records,
  26. registers of the realm for Lord Lieou-pang
  27. that wd/ be first HAN
  28. Now after the end of EULH and the death of his eunuch
  29. were Lieou-pang, and Hiang-yu
  30. who had taste for commanding
  31. but made no progress in letters,
  32. saying they serve only to transmit names to posterity
  33. and he wished to carve up the empire
  34. bloody rhooshun, thought in ten thousands
  35. his word was worth nothing, he would not learn fencing. And against him
  36. Lieou-pang stored food and munitions
  37. so that he came to be emperor, KAO,
  38. brought calm and abundance
  39. No taxes for a whole year,
  40. ‘no taxes till people can pay ‘em’
  41. ‘When the quarry is dead, weapons are useless.’
  42. ‘It appears to me’ said this Emperor, ‘that it is
  43. because I saw what each man cd/ put through.’
  44. And Lou-kia was envoy to Nan-hai, with nobility,
  45. and wished that the king (the books Chu king and Chi king) be restored
  46. to whom KAO: I conquered the empire on horseback.
  47. to whom Lou: Can you govern it in that manner?
  48. whereon Lou-kia wrote ‘The New Discourse’ (Sin-yu)
  49. in 12 chapters, and the books were restored.
  50. And KAO went to Kung fu tseu’s tomb out of policy
  51. videlicet to please the writers and scholars
  52. A hot lord and unlettered, that knew to correct his own faults
  53. as indeed when he had first seen palace women, their splendour
  54. yet listened to Fan-kouai
  55. and had gone out of Hien-yang the palace, aroused.
  56. And he told Siao-ho to edit the law code

  57. Thereon the men in the vaudevilles
  58. sang of peace and of empire
  59. Au douce temps de pascor
  60. And Tchang-tsong wrote of music, its principles
  61. Sun-tong made record of rites
  62. And this was written all in red-character, countersigned by the assembly
  63. sealed with the Imperial Seal
  64. and put in the hall of the forebears
  65. as check on successors.
  66. HIAO HOEI TI succeeded his father.
  67. Rain of blood fell in Y-yang
  68. pear trees fruited in winter
  69. LIU-HEOU was empress, with devilments,
  70. till the grandees brought Hiao OUEN
  71. Prince of Tai to the throne that was son of KAO TI and a concubine
  72. (no tribute for the first year of his reign)
  73. And the chief of the Southern Barbarians complained
  74. that his silver import was intercepted
  75. circulation of specie impeded
  76. the tombs of his ancestors ruin’d
  77. ‘49 years have I governed Nan-yuei
  78. my grandsons are now fit to serve
  79. I am old, nigh blind, can scarce hear the drum-beats
  80. I give up title of Emperor.’ 
  81. And Kia-Y sent in a petition that they store grain against famine
  82. and HIAO OUEN TI the emperor published: 
  83. Earth is the nurse of all men 
  84. I now cut off one half the taxes 
  85. I wish to follow the sages, to honour Chang Ti by my furrow 
  86. Let farm folk have tools for their labour it is 
  87. for this I reduce the said taxes 
  88. Gold is inedible. Let no war find us unready. 
  89. Thus Tchao-tso of his ministry (war) 
  90. ‘Gold will sustain no man’s life nor will diamonds 
  91. keep the land under culture.... 
  92. by wise circulation. Bread is the base of subsistence.’

  93. They ended mutilation as punishment 
  94. were but 400 men in all jails 
  95. Died HIAO OUEN TI, ante Cristum one fifty seven. 
  96. After 23 years of reign, that pensioned the elders.

  97. Great rebels began making lead money 
  98. grasshoppers came against harvest 
  99. And Li-kouang bluffed the tartars (the Hiong-nou) 
  100. in face of a thousand, he and his scouts dismounted 
  101. and unsaddled their horses, so the Hiong nou 
  102. thought Li’s army was with him. 
  103. Virtue is the daughter of heaven, YU followed CHUN
  104. and CHUN, YAO having one root of conduct 
  105. HIAO KING had a just man’s blood on his conscience.
  106. hsinSin

  107. HIA’S fortune was in good ministers
  108. The highbrows are full of themselves
  109. learnèd, gay and irrelevant
  110. on such base nothing stands
  111. HAN OU was for huntin’, huntin’ tigers, bears, leopards
  112. They said: you outride all yr/ huntsmen
  113. no one else has such good horses.
  114. The prince of Hoai-nan took to light reading
  115. Prince of Ho-kien preferred histories, Chu King
  116. and the Tcheou-li and the Li-ki of Mencius (Mong-tsé)
  117. and the Chi-king or Odes of Mao-chi and the Tchun-tsiou
  118. with the comment of Tso-kieou-min.
  119. and the Li-yo with treatise on music.
  120. HAN TCHAO TI opened the granaries
  121. HAN SIEUN (or SIUN) was fed up with highbrows
  122. Preferred men who knew people’s habits
  123. ‘Writers are full of their own importance’
  124. And when the tartar king came to Tchang-ngan
  125. all the troops stood before him
  126. the great in ceremonial uniform waited before that city
  127. and the EMPEROR
  128. came out of the Palace with
  129. foreign and chinese princes,
  130. Mandarins of the army and the book mandarins
  131. as an hedge from the palace
  132. and He took his way between them
  133. mid cheering and acclamation
  134. Ouan-soui!! Ouan-soui!!
  135. 10,000 Ouan Soui!! may he live for
  136. ten thousand years!
  137. They cried this for the Emperor and joy was in every voice.
  138. And the Tartar ran from his car to HAN SIEUN
  139. held out his hand in friendship
  140. and then remounted his war horse
  141. And they came into the city, and to the palace prepared
  142. And next day two imperial princes went to the Prince Tartar
  143. the Tchen-yu and brought him to the audience hall
  144. where all princes sat in their orders
  145. and the Tchen-yu knelt to HAN SIEUN
  146. and stayed three days there in festival
  147. whereafter he returned to his border and province.
  148. He was the Prince of Hiong-nou
  149. And the kings of Si-yu, that are from Tchang-ngan to the Caspian
  150. came into the Empire
  151. to the joy of HAN SIEUN TI
  152. (Pretty manoeuvre but the technicians
  153. watched with their hair standing on end
  154. anno sixteen, Bay of Naples)
  155. From Ngan to the Caspian all was under HAN SIEUN
  156. The text of books reestablished. And he died in the 25th of his reign
  157. And Fong-chi led the bear back to its cage
  158. which tale is as follows:
  159. Fong-chi and Fou-chi had titles but only as Queens of HAN YUEN
  160. and in the imperial garden a bear forced the bars of his cage
  161. and of the court ladies only Fong faced him
  162. who seeing this went back quietly to his cage.
  163. And now was seepage of bhuddists. HAN PING
  164. simple at table, gave tael to the poor
  165. Tseou-kou and Tchong took the high road
  166. The Prince of Ou-yen killed off a thousand,
  167. set troops to tilling the fields.
  168. KOUANG OU took his risks as a common soldier
  169. HAN MING changed nothing of OU’s
  170. gave no posts to princesses’ relatives
  171. and Yang Tchong sent in a placet that food prices had risen
  172. since the start of the Tartar war, taxes had risen
  173. Year of drought 77 and the Empress MA CHI answered:
  174. Until now few Empresses’ relatives
  175. have been enriched without making trouble
  176. When Ouang Chi’s five brothers were lifted
  177. thick fog came on this Empire
  178. ‘History is a school book for princes.’
  179. HAN HO TI heard men’s good counsel
  180. And in the third moon of the first year of HAN NGAN
  181. the Empress’ brother named Teng-tchi refused the honours of princedom
  182. But gathered scholars and finally heard of Yang-tchin
  183. whom he made governor
  184. and Yang-tchin refused gold of the mandarin Ouang-mi
  185. earthquakes and eclipses.
  186. And they turned out 300 mandarins
  187. that were creations of Léang-ki
  188. And HUON gave most of the swag to the people 
  189. 500 million tael
  190. war, taxes, oppression
  191. backsheesh, taoists, bhuddists
  192. wars, taxes, oppressions
  193. And some grandees formed an academy
  194. and the eunuchs disliked the academy
  195. but they never got rid of the eunuchs
  196. Téou-Chi brought back the scholars
  197. and the books were incised in stone
  198. 46 tablets set up at the door of the college
  199. inscribed in 5 sorts of character
  200. HAN HUON was run by eunuchs
  201. HAN LING was governed by eunuchs
  202. wars, murders and crime news
  203. HAN sank and there were three kingdoms
  204. and booze in the bamboo grove
  205. where they sang: emptiness is the beginning of all things.
  206. Lieou-Tchin died in hall of the forebears––
  207. when his father wd/ not die fighting——
  208. by suicide, slaying his children and consort.
  209. Down! HAN is down. Under TÇIN
  210. Tou-yu proposed a bridge over Hoang-ho 
  211. TÇIN OU TI mourned for Sir Yang-Hou
  212. that had planned the union of empire,
  213. and had named Tou-yu to succeed him
  214. Ouang-siun wrote to his MAJESTY: Wind was against us
  215. at San-chan, we cd/ not sail up the Kiang
  216. nor was there sense in returning.
  217. Not I but Sun-hao’s own men sacked his palace.
  218. And TÇIN OU exempted the conquered in OU from taxes.
  219. Was an army and navy dog fight. And after the fall of Sun-hao
  220. his ballet distracted the EMPEROR
  221. were five thousand ballet girls
  222. after the first Quindecennio
  223. And Lieou-Y answered the Emperor:
  224. ‘Difference, milorr’, is that HUON and LING TI
  225. extracted and kept it in public vaults
  226. whereas YR Majesty keeps it in yr/ own private
  227. TÇIN OU dismissed too many troops
  228. and was complimented on dragons
  229. (two found in the soldiers’ well, green ones)
  230. and the country was run by Yang Siun
  231. while the emperor amused himself in his park
  232. had a light car made, harnessed to sheep
  233. The sheep chose which picnic he went to,
  234. ended his days as a gourmet. Said Tchang, tartar:
  235. Are not all of his protégés flatterers?
  236. How can his county keep peace?
  237. And the prince Imperial went into the cabaret business
  238. and read Lao Tse.
  239. HOAI TI was deposed, MIN TI taken by tartars
  240. made lackey to Lieou-Tsong of Han
  241. TÇIN TCHING cared for the people.
  242. TÇIN NGAN died of tonics and taoists
  243. TÇIN HIAO told a girl she was 30
  244. and she strangled him
  245. (piquée de ce badinage) he drunk at the time
  246. Now was therefore SUNG rising.
  247. When Lieou-yu’s mother was buried
  248. His dad couldn’t hire a nurse for this baby
  249. KAO-TSOU.
  250. last TÇIN down in a Bhud mess
  251. KAO TSEU preferred distribution
  252. No pomps in palatio, Made peace with the tartars
  253. Li-Chan wd/ not leave his mountain
  254. Et les Indiens disent que Boudha
  255. in the form of a white buck elephant
  256. slid into Queen Nana’s bosom, she virgin,
  257. and after nine months ingestion
  258. emerged on the dexter side
  259. The Prince of Ouei put out hochangs
  260. put out the shamen and Taotsé
  261. a.d. 444, putt ‘em OUT
  262. in the time of OUEN TI
  263. ‘Let artisans teach their sons crafts’
  264. Found great store of arms in a temple
  265. Then To-pa-tao went after the shave-heads, the hochang
  266. And the censor finally printed his placet
  267. against extortionate judgements and greed of
  268. the High Judge Yupingtchi 
  269. OUEN TI reduced him (Yupingtchi)
  270. And there was peace between Sung land and Oueï land
  271. and they ordered more war machines à la Valturio
  272. conscriptions, assassins, taoists
  273. taxes still in the hands of the princes
  274. OU TI had ’em centralized
  275. Yen Yen was frugal. Oueï prince went pussyfoot
  276. And the rites of Tien, that is Heaven
  277. were ploughing and the raising of silk worms
  278. OU TI ploughed his festival furrow a.d. 460
  279. his Empress did rite of the silk worms
  280. Then OU went gay and SUNG ended.
  281. Thus was it with Kao’s son that was Siao, that was called as Emperor
  282. OU TI
  283. collecter of vases
  284. (Topas were in Ouei country, they were Tartar)
  285. bhuddists, hochangs, serendipity
  286. ‘Man’s face is a flag’ said Tan Tchin
  287. ‘Thought is to body as is its edge to a sword’
  288. So OU TI of LEANG had a renaissance
  289. Snow lay in Ping Tching till June
  290. Emp’r’r huntin’ and the Crown Prince full of saki
  291. And Topa Hong came south under the rain
  292. ‘No lack of students, few wise.
  293. Perhaps this is due to the colleges.’
  294. And Topa, who was Lord of the Earth called himself Yuen
  295. and there was a hand-out to the aged
  296. halls were re-set to Kung-fu-tseu
  297. yet again, allus droppin’ ’em and restorin’ ’em
  298. after intervals. And there was war on the Emperor OU TI
  299. Hochang consider their own welfare only.
  300. And the 46 tablets that stood still there in Yo Lang
  301. were broken and built into Foé’s temple (Foé’s, that is goddam bhuddists.)
  302. this was under Hou-chi the she empress. OU TI went into cloister
  303. Empire rotted by hochang, the shave-heads, and
  304. Another boosy king died. Snow alone kept out the tartars
  305. And men turned their thought toward Ouen Ti
  306. Yang-kien of Soui set men to revise his law code
  307. Sou-ouei advised him, grain went into his granaries
  308. HEOU raised the Three Towers
  309. sat late and wrote verses
  310. His mandate was ended.
  311. Came the XIIth dynasty: SOUI
  312. YANG-KIEN, rough, able, wrathy
  313. flogged a few every day
  314. and sacrificed on Mt Taï Chan
  315. Built Gin Cheou the palace
  316. pardoned those who stood up to him.
  317. Touli-Kahn, tartar, was given a princess
  318. now was contempt of scholars
  319. OUEN kept up mulberry trees
  320. and failed with his family
  321. YANG (kouang) TI ordered more buildings
  322. jobs for two millyum men
  323. and filled his zoological gardens
  324. 1600 leagues of canals 40 ft wide for the
  325. honour of YANG TI of SOUI
  326. the stream Kou-choui was linked to Hoang Ho the river
  327. great works by oppression
  328. by splendid oppression
  329. the Wall was from Yu-lin to Tsé-ho
  330. and a million men worked on that wall.
  331. Pei-kiu was tactful with traders,
  332. knowing that YANG liked news from afar,
  333. with what he learned of the Si-yu he mapped 48 kingdoms.
  334. KONG sank in abuleia. TANG rising.
  335. And the first TANG was KAO TSEU, the starter. 
  336. And that year died Li-Chi that had come to his rescue
  337. with a troop of 10,000. The war drums beat at her funeral
  338. And her husband drove back the tartars, Tou-kou-hoen.
  339. Fou stood against foé, damn bhuddists
  340. When TAÏ TSONG came to be emperor he turned out 3000 fancies
  341. Built thus for two hundred years TANG
  342. And there were ten thousand students.
  343. Fou-Y saying they use muzzy language
  344. the more to mislead folk.
  345. Kung is to China as is water to fishes.
  346. War, letters, to each a time.
  347. Provinces by mountain and rivers divided.
  348. ‘A true prince wants his news straight’
  349. TAÏ TSONG was no friend to taozers hochangs and foés.
  350. Was observer of seasons, saying:
  351. Take not men from the plough
  352. Let judges fast for three days before passing capital sentence
  353. Oueï-Tching rock-like in council
  354. made the Emperor put on his best clothes
  355. Said: in war time we want men of ability
  356. in peace we want also character
  357. 300 were unjailed to do their spring ploughing
  358. and they all came back in October
  359. ‘I grew with the people’ said TAÏ TSONG
  360. ‘my son in the palace’
  361. Died KAO TSEU the emperor’s father
  362. 635 anno domini
  363. Died the Empress Tchang-sun CHI
  364. leaving ‘Notes for Princesses’
  365. And TAÏ in his law code cut 92 reasons for death sentence
  366. and 71 for exile
  367. as they had been under SOUI
  368. And there were halls to Confucius and Tchéou-Kong
  369. Ma-tchéou spoke against corvées
  370. that had been under SOUI
  371. Grain price was high when TAÏ entered
  372. a small measure cost one bolt of silk, entire.
  373. If a prince piles up treasure
  374. he shares only his surplus
  375. Lock not up the people’s subsistence. Said TAÏ TSONG:
  376. let a prince be cited for actions.
  377. A measure of rice now cost three or four denars,
  378. that wd/ feed one man for one day.
  379. Oueï-tching spoke his mind to the Emperor. Died a.d. 643.
  380. And there were plots in palatio.
  381. TAÏ TSONG had a letch for Corea
  382. And an embassy came from north of the Caspian
  383. from Koulihan of short nights
  384. where there is always light over horizon
  385. and from the red-heads of Kieï-kou
  386. Blue-eyed and their head man was Atchen or Atkins Chélisa
  387. And the Emperor TAÏ TSONG left his son ‘Notes on Conduct’
  388. whereof the 3rd treats of selecting men for a cabinet
  389. whereof the 5th says that they shd/ tell him his faults
  390. the 7th: maintain abundance
  391. The 10th a charter of labour
  392. and the last on keepin’ up kulchur
  393. Saying ‘I have spent money on palaces
  394. too much on ’osses, dogs, falcons
  395. but I have united the Hempire (and you ’aven’t)
  396. Nothing harder than to conquer a country
  397. and damn’d easy to lose one, in fact there
  398. ain’t anything heasier.
  399. Died TAÏ TSONG in the 23rd of his reign.
  400. And left not more than fifty men in all jails of the empire
  401. none of ’em complaining of judgement.
  402. And the tartars wanted to die at his funeral
  403. and wd/ have, if TAÏ hadn’t foreseen it
  404. and writ expressly that they should not.
  405. Then the Empress Ou-heou ran the country
  406. toward ruin
  407. but TAÏ TSONG’S contraption still worked——
  408. local administrations in order
  409. Tching-gintai drove after tartars,
  410. his men perished in snow storms
  411. and the hochang ran the old empress
  412. the old bitch ruled by prescription and hochangs
  413. who told her she was the daughter of Buddha
  414. Tartars remembering TAÏ TSONG
  415. held up the state of TAÏ TSONG
  416. young TCHONG was run by his wife.
  417. Honour to HIEUN ‘to hell with embroideries, a.d.
  418. to hell with the pearl merchants’ 
  419. HIEUN measured shadows at solstice
  420. polar star at 34.4
  421. Measured it in different parts of the empire
  422. at Lang-tchéou was 29 and a half
  423. Tsiun-Y 34° and 8 lines
  424. For five years no taxes in Lou-tchéou
  425. census 41 million, 726 anno domini
  426. And HIEUN TSONG decreed Kung posthumous honours
  427. That he shd/ be henceforth called prince not mere ‘maistre’ in all rites
  428. and we were sad that the north cities, Chépoutching
  429. and Ngan-yong were in hands of the tartars
  430. (Tou-san)
  431. And there came a taozer babbling of the elixir
  432. that wd/ make men live without end
  433. and the taozer died very soon after that.
  434. And plotters cried out against the Queen Koué-fei
  435. ‘a rebel’s daughter’ and killed her.
  436. Tchang-siun fighting for SOU TSONG had need of arrows
  437. and made then 1200 straw men which he set in dark
  438. under wall at Yong-kieu
  439. and the tartars shot these full of arrows. And next night
  440. Colonel Tchang set out real men, and the tartars withheld their arrows
  441. till Tchang’s men were upon them.
  442. To SOU TSONG they sent rhinoceri and elephants dancing
  443. and bowing, but when Li-yen
  444. sent TÉ TSONG a memorial on the nuances of clouds our lord
  445. TÉ TSONG replied that plentiful harvests were prognastics more to
  446. his taste than strange animals
  447. or even new botanical specimens and other natural what-nots
  448. Cock fighting wastes palace time
  449. So they set up another tribunal
  450. to watch mandarins
  451. and no new temples to idols
  452. 700,000 men in the army
  453. inkum 30 million tael silver
  454. and in grain 20 million measures of 100 lbs each.
  455. Nestorians entered, General Kouo-tsé-y
  456. is named in their monument.
  457. Such bravery and such honesty, 30 years without rest.
  458. And more goddam Tartars bust loose again
  459. better war than peace with these tartars
  460. Taxes rising, Li-ching had a liaison
  461. And TÉ-TSONG rode apart from his huntsmen in the hunting by Sintien
  462. and went into a peasant’s house incognito
  463. And said:
  464. we had good crops for two years or three years
  465. and no war.
  466. And the peasant said: bé, if we have had
  467. good crops for two years or three years
  468. you’ve got no taxes to pay to the Emperor
  469. we used to pay twice a year and no extras
  470. and now they do nothing but think up new novelties 
  471. We pay the usual tithe, and if there’s a full crop
  472. They come round to squeeze more of it out of us
  473. and beat down our prices, and then
  474. sell it back again to us
  475. or else we have to get pack animals
  476. or wear out our own, so that I can’t keep a tael quiet.
  477. Does this mean contentment?’
  478. Whereon TÉ TSONG did nothing
  479. save exempt that one peasant from corvée.
  480. and then laid a tea tax
  481. Empresses, rebels, tartars
  482. six months without rain.
  483. Died TÉ-TSONG; the deceived.






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