WATER

Image

THE WATER UNDERSTANDS

CIVILIZATION WELL;

IT WETS MY FOOT, BUT PRETTILY,

IT CHILLS MY LIFE, BUT WITTILY,

IT IS NOT DISCONCERTED,

IT IS NOT BROKEN-HEARTED:

WELL USED, IT DECKETH JOY,

ADORNETH, DOUBLETH JOY:

ILL USED, IT WILL DESTROY,

IN PERFECT TIME AND MEASURE

WITH A FACE OF GOLDEN PLEASURE

ELEGANTLY DESTROY.

—R. W. EMERSON

WATER: TEA’S POET

Image

Tea is but the mixing of water with leaves. However, reducing tea to such basic and primitive elements fails to capture the mystery and poetry that is the keystone to tea’s history and culture. Mention ...

Get The Art and Craft of Tea now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.