The noble visitor ! The noble visitor ! / Drawn like his ancestors by white horses ! / The revered and dignified, / [...] Cf. Shijing 284
1. The Master said, "There is Hûi! He has nearly attained to perfect virtue. He is often in want. / 2. "Ts'ze does not [...] Cf. Lunyu 286
K'un / Oppression (Exhaustion) / There is no water in the lake: The image of EXHAUSTION. Thus the superior man stakes [...] Cf. Yijing 47
Heaven's way is like the bending of a bow. When a bow is bent the top comes down and the bottom-end comes up. / / So [...] Cf. Daodejing 77
I am sad. My thoughts are in Youzhou. / I would hurry there-but I am sick in bed. / ...Beauty would be facing [...] Cf. Tangshi 62
Now, when your weapons are dulled, your ardor damped, your strength exhausted and your treasure spent, other chieftains [...] Cf. Sunzi 16
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