Heaven made the lofty hill, / And king Da brought [the country about] it under cultivation. / He made the [...] Cf. Shijing 270
When the Master saw a person in a mourning dress, or any one with the cap and upper and lower garments of full dress, [...] Cf. Lunyu 219
Kou / Coming to Meet / Under heaven, wind: The image of COMING TO MEET. Thus does the prince act when disseminating [...] Cf. Yijing 44
“Kingdoms can only be governed if rules are kept; / Battles can only be won if rules are broken.” / But the adherence [...] Cf. Daodejing 57
The travellers' parting-song sounds in the dawn. / Last night a first frost came over the river; / And the [...] Cf. Tangshi 173
When you come to a hill or a bank, occupy the sunny side, with the slope on your right rear. Thus you will at once act [...] Cf. Sunzi 137
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