When [Ding] culminated [at night fall], / He began to build the palace at Chu. / Determining its aspects by [...] Cf. Shijing 50
1. Fan Ch'ih rambling with the Master under the trees about the rain altars, said, "I venture to ask how to exalt [...] Cf. Lunyu 314
Pi / Holding Together [Union] / On the earth is water: The image of HOLDING TOGETHER. Thus the kings of [...] Cf. Yijing 8
Of old those that were the best officers of Court / Had inner natures subtle, abstruse, mysterious, penetrating, / Too [...] Cf. Daodejing 15
Let feasting begin in the wild camp! / Let bugles cry our victory! / Let us drink, let us dance in our golden [...] Cf. Tangshi 259
These are the four useful branches of military knowledge [...] Cf. Sunzi 135
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