The first birth of [our] people, / Was from Jiang Yuan. / How did she give birth to [our] people ? / She had [...] Cf. Shijing 245
1. Yen Yüan and Chî Lû being by his side, the Master said to them, "Come, let each of you tell his wishes." / 2. [...] Cf. Lunyu 118
Ta Kuo / Preponderance of the Great / The lake rises above the trees: The image of PREPONDERANCE OF THE GREAT. Thus [...] Cf. Yijing 28
Perfect activity leaves no track behind it; / Perfect speech is like a jade-worker whose tool leaves no mark. / The [...] Cf. Daodejing 27
Where a yellow river climbs to the white clouds, / Near the one city-wall among ten-thousand-foot mountains, / [...] Cf. Tangshi 316
Though according to my estimate the soldiers of Yueh exceed our own in number, that shall advantage them nothing in the [...] Cf. Sunzi 84
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