Xian Yushu “Han Yu’s Solution of Learning Progress” is a calligraphy artwork written by Yuan Dynasty famous calligrapher Xian Yushu (鲜于枢). The size of the calligraphy scroll is 49.1 cm high and 795.5 cm wide. Now it is collected in the Beijing Capital Museum. The scroll was written by Xian Yushu in the running script and cursive script. Total words of the calligraphy scroll are 108 with about 20 words in each row. The first part of the calligraphy was mainly in running script and the second part was written mainly in the cursive script. It is one of Xian Yushu’s fine works

The article was selected from Han Yu’s “Han Changli Collection” on the pretext of lecture to students and encouraged them to make progress in the academic and moral aspects. Students first asked questions. Han Yu further explained and provided solutions. The article also expressed Han Yu ‘s underappreciated career complaints.

释文:国子先生晨入太学,召诸生立馆下,诲之曰:“业精于勤,荒于嬉。行成于思,毁于随。方今圣贤相逢,治具毕张。拔去凶邪,登崇俊良。占小善者率以录,名一艺者无不庸。爬罗剔抉,刮垢磨光。盖有幸而获选,孰云多而不扬?诸生业患不能精,无患有司之不明;行患不能成,无患有司之不公。”言未既,有笑于列者曰:“先生欺余哉!弟子事先生,于兹有年矣。先生口不绝吟于六艺之文,手不停披于百家之编。记事者必提其要,纂言者必钩其玄。贪多务得,细大不捐。焚膏油以继晷,恒兀兀以穷年。先生之业,可谓勤矣。抵排异端,攘斥佛老;补苴罅漏,张皇幽眇。寻坠绪之茫茫,独旁搜而远绍;障百川而东之,回狂澜于既倒。先生之于儒,可谓有劳矣。沈浸浓郁,含英咀华;作为文章,其书满家。上窥姚姒,浑浑无涯;周《诰》殷《盘》,佶屈聱牙。《春秋》谨严,《左氏》浮夸;《易》奇而法,《诗》正而葩。下逮《庄》《骚》,太史所录;子云、相如,同工异曲。先生之于文,可谓闳其中而肆其外矣!少始知学,勇于敢为。长通于方,左右俱宜:先生之于为人,可谓成矣。然而公不见信于人,私不见助于友。跋前致(踬)后,动辄得咎。暂为御史,遂窜南夷。三年博士,冗不见治。命与仇谋,取败几时!冬暖而儿号寒,年丰而妻啼饥。头童齿豁,竟死何裨?不知虑此,(而)反教人为!”先生曰:“吁!子来前。夫大木为杗,细木为桷。欂栌侏儒,椳闑扂楔,各得其宜,施以成室者,匠氏之工也。玉札、丹砂,赤箭、青芝,牛溲,马勃,败鼓之皮,俱收并蓄,待用无遗者,医(师)之良也。登明选公,杂进巧拙,纡余为妍,卓荦为杰,校短量长,惟器是适者,宰相之方也。昔者孟轲好辩,孔道以明。辙环天下,卒老于行。荀卿守正,大论以兴。逃谗于楚,废死兰陵。是二儒者,吐辞为经,举足为法。绝类离伦,优入圣域,其遇于世何如也?今先生学虽勤而不繇其统,言虽多而不要其中。文虽奇而不济于用,行虽修而不显于众。犹且月费俸钱,岁糜廪粟。子不知耕,妇不知织。乘马从徒,安坐而食。踵常途之役役,窥陈编以盗窃。然而圣主不加诛,宰臣不见斥,兹非(其)幸欤?动而得谤,名亦随之。投闲置散,乃分之宜。若夫商财贿之有无,计班资之崇庳。忘己量之所称,指前人之瑕疵。是所谓诘匠氏之不以杙为楹,而訾医师以昌阳引年,欲进其豨苓。”右韩文公《进学解》。