The Returning Thief is the Official, Yuan Jie

764 This poem was written in 764. It is the second year of the reign of Emperor Daizong, 代宗. The rebel forces of General An Lushan Rebellion have been turned back, but now the armies of the Tang Dynasty face Tibetan forces on the west, about to invade China and capture the capital of Chang’an….

Yuan Jie, 元結

As with many historic lives of the Tang dynasty, accounts differ. It is said that Yuan Jie was a twelfth generation descendant of Emperor Tuoba Jun 拓拔濬 of the Northern Wei Dynasty. He was supposedly born in Luoyang or adjacent Lushan County, Henan Province. Some say Wuhan. Generally, it is agreed that he lived form…