Well loaded with millet were the dishes, / And long and curved were spoons of thorn-wood. / The way to Zhou was [...] Cf. Shijing 203
1. The Master said, "Yû, have you heard the six words to which are attached six becloudings?" Yû replied, "I have not." [...] Cf. Lunyu 455
Pi / Holding Together [Union] / On the earth is water: The image of HOLDING TOGETHER. Thus the kings of [...] Cf. Yijing 8
Of the highest the people merely know that such a one exists; / The next they draw near to and praise. / The next they [...] Cf. Daodejing 17
Farther and farther from the three Ba Roads, / I have come three thousand miles, anxious and watchful, / [...] Cf. Tangshi 165
Anger may in time change to gladness; vexation may be succeeded by content. But a kingdom that has once been destroyed [...] Cf. Sunzi 235
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