The fishes are there, there among the pondweed, / Showing their large heads. / The king is here, here in Hao, / [...] Cf. Shijing 221
1. The Master was wishing to go and live among the nine wild tribes of the east. / 2. Some one said, "They are rude. [...] Cf. Lunyu 223
K'un / Oppression (Exhaustion) / There is no water in the lake: The image of EXHAUSTION. Thus the superior man stakes [...] Cf. Yijing 47
Tao gave them birth; / The “power” of Tao reared them, / Shaped them according to their kinds, / Perfected them, giving [...] Cf. Daodejing 51
Down the blue mountain in the evening, / Moonlight was my homeward escort. / Looking back, I saw my path / [...] Cf. Tangshi 5
Thus, if you order your men to roll up their buff-coats, and make forced marches without halting day or night, covering [...] Cf. Sunzi 99
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