Mao Tse-tung: “The Double Ninth”

Proletarians of all countries, unite!
There is one goal, the conquest of power!

THE DOUBLE NINTH

Mao Tse-tung
October 1929

PoemsReproduced by
The Red Flag

THE DOUBLE NINTH

to the tune of Tsai Sang Tzu

Man ages all too easily, not Nature:
Year by year the Double Ninth returns.
On this Double Ninth,
The yellow blooms on the battlefield smell sweeter.

Each year the autumn wind blows fierce,
Unlike spring‘s splendour,
Yet surpassing spring‘s splendour,
See the endless expanse of frosty sky and water.