How admirable ! how complete ! / Here are set our hand-drums and drums. / The drums resound harmonious and loud, / [...] Cf. Shijing 301
The Master, speaking of Chung-kung, said, "If the calf of a brindled cow be red and horned, although men may not wish [...] Cf. Lunyu 126
Kên / Keeping Still, Mountain / Mountains standing close together: The image of KEEPING STILL. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 52
He who has the least scrap of sense, once he has got started on the great highway has nothing to fear so long as he [...] Cf. Daodejing 53
After these ten torn wearisome years / We have met again. We were both so changed / That hearing first your [...] Cf. Tangshi 146
The different measures suited to the nine varieties of ground; When there are means of communication on all four [...] Cf. Sunzi 208
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