King Wen laboured earnestly ; – / Right is it we should have received [the kingdom]. / We will diffuse [his [...] Cf. Shijing 295
1. The Master was put in fear in K'wang. / 2. He said, "After the death of King Wan, was not the cause of truth lodged [...] Cf. Lunyu 214
Pi / Holding Together [Union] / On the earth is water: The image of HOLDING TOGETHER. Thus the kings of [...] Cf. Yijing 8
When the man of highest capacities hears Tao / He does his best to put it into practice. / When the man of middling [...] Cf. Daodejing 41
Line after line has flown back over the border. / Where are you headed all by yourself? / In the evening rain [...] Cf. Tangshi 166
On open ground, I would keep a vigilant eye on my defenses. On ground of intersecting highways, I would consolidate my [...] Cf. Sunzi 211
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