Mao Tse-tung: “The People’s Liberation Army Captures Nanking”

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

THE PEOPLE‘S LIBERATION ARMY CAPTURES NANKING

Mao Tse-tung
April 1949

PoemsReproduced by
The Red Flag

THE PEOPLE‘S LIBERATION ARMY CAPTURES NANKING

a lu shih

Over Chungshan swept a storm, headlong,
Our mighty army, a million strong, has crossed the Great River.
The City, a tiger crouching, a dragon curling, outshines its ancient glories;
In heroic triumph heaven and earth have been overturned.
With power and to spare we must pursue the tottering foe
And not ape Hsiang Yu the conqueror seeking idle fame.
Were Nature sentient, she too would pass from youth to age,
But Man‘s world is mutable, seas become mulberry fields.