Tall and strong grows the young millet, / Fattened by the genial rains. / Very long was our journey to the south, / [...] Cf. Shijing 227
1. The music master, Mien, having called upon him, when they came to the steps, the Master said, "Here are the steps." [...] Cf. Lunyu 433
Chien / Development (Gradual Progress) / On the mountain, a tree: The image of DEVELOPMENT. Thus the superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 53
Of old those that were the best officers of Court / Had inner natures subtle, abstruse, mysterious, penetrating, / Too [...] Cf. Daodejing 15
Dare I, at my age, accept my summons, / Knowing of the world's ways only wine and song?.... / Over the moon-edged [...] Cf. Tangshi 195
The general that hearkens to my counsel and acts upon it, will conquer: –let such a one be retained in command! The [...] Cf. Sunzi 10
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