If you, Sir, think kindly of me, / I will hold up my lower garments, and cross the Zhen. / If you do not think of [...] Cf. Shijing 87
Tsâi Wo asked, saying, "A benevolent man, though it be told him, – 'There is a man in the well" will go in after him, [...] Cf. Lunyu 146
Ta Yu / Possession in Great Measure / Fire in heaven above: The image of POSSESSION IN GREAT MEASURE. Thus the [...] Cf. Yijing 14
Those that would gain what is under heaven by tampering with it - I have seen that they do not succeed. / For that [...] Cf. Daodejing 29
A bell in the mountain-temple sounds the coming of night. / I hear people at the fishing-town stumble aboard the [...] Cf. Tangshi 52
There is a proper season for making attacks with fire, and special days for starting a conflagration. [...] Cf. Sunzi 224
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