His great carriage rumbles along, / And his robes of rank glitter like the young sedge. / Do I not think of you ? [...] Cf. Shijing 73
The Master said, "I could describe the ceremonies of the Hsiâ dynasty, but Chî cannot sufficiently attest my words. I [...] Cf. Lunyu 49
Ming I / Darkening of the Light / The light has sunk into the earth: The image of DARKENING OF THE LIGHT. Thus does [...] Cf. Yijing 36
Because the eye gazes but can catch no glimpse of it, / It is called elusive. / Because the ear listens but cannot hear [...] Cf. Daodejing 14
With twilight passing her silken window, / She weeps alone in her chamber of gold / For spring is departing [...] Cf. Tangshi 276
Prohibit the taking of omens, and do away with superstitious doubts. Then, until death itself comes, no calamity need [...] Cf. Sunzi 200
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