On the trees go the blows ding-ding ; / And the birds cry out ying-ying. / One issues from the dark valley, / And [...] Cf. Shijing 165
1. The philosopher Tsang being ill, Meng Chang went to ask how he was. / 2. Tsang said to him, "When a bird is about to [...] Cf. Lunyu 192
Hsiao Kuo / Preponderance of the Small / Thunder on the mountain: The image of PREPONDERANCE OF THE SMALL. Thus in his [...] Cf. Yijing 62
The people are not frightened of death. What then is the use of trying to intimidate them with the death-penalty? / / [...] Cf. Daodejing 74
On Wheel Tower parapets night-bugles are blowing, / Though the flag at the northern end hangs limp. / Scouts, [...] Cf. Tangshi 58
HEAVEN signifies night and day, cold and heat, times and seasons. [...] Cf. Sunzi 4
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