Those frowning rocks, – / How high they rise ! / Over such a distance of hills and streams, / How toilsome is [...] Cf. Shijing 232
The chief of the Chî family sent to ask Min Tsze-ch'ien to be governor of Pî. Min Tszech'ien said, "Decline the offer [...] Cf. Lunyu 129
Ts'ui / Gathering Together [Massing] / Over the earth, the lake: The image of GATHERING TOGETHER. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 45
Such the scope of the All-pervading Power. / That it alone can act through the Way. / For the Way is a thing [...] Cf. Daodejing 21
Our host, providing abundant wine to make the night mellow, / Asks his guest from Yangzhou to play for us on the [...] Cf. Tangshi 49
The skillful soldier does not raise a second levy, neither are his supply-wagons loaded more than twice. [...] Cf. Sunzi 18
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