Han-Shan

Once I was a student with books and sword;
I have lived under two enlightened sovereigns.
I was an official in the east, but they gave me no prizes;
I fought in the west but won no medals.
I studied the arts of peace and the arts of war,
The arts of war and the arts of peace.
Now I’m an old man.
What’s left of my life isn’t worth mentioning.

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