The flowers of the cherry tree – / Are they not gorgeously displayed ? / Of all the men in the world, / There [...] Cf. Shijing 164
1. He sacrificed to the dead, as if they were present. He sacrificed to the spirits, as if the spirits were present. / [...] Cf. Lunyu 52
Chieh / Limitation / Water over lake: the image of LIMITATION. Thus the superior man Creates number and [...] Cf. Yijing 60
As for the things that from of old have understood the Whole — / The sky through such understanding remains limpid, / [...] Cf. Daodejing 39
In the faded old imperial palace, / Peonies are red, but no one comes to see them.... / The ladies-in-waiting [...] Cf. Tangshi 245
When the higher officers are angry and insubordinate, and on meeting the enemy give battle on their own account from a [...] Cf. Sunzi 166
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