Chinese Poem Reading - Toiling Farmers

Updated: Nov 12, 2019

Toiling Farmers 憫農

Toiling Farmers was written by Tang Dynasty poet Li Shen (李绅, Lǐ shēn) to express the hard work of farmers for every single grain of rice.

The first two lines describe farmers working very hard for toiling despite the very hot weather at noon.

The following two lines relate the hard work of farmers with the food in people’s bowls, and that every grain of rice comes at the expense of hard labor.

Click below to listen the poem.

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