The flowers of the bignonia, / Are of a deep yellow. / My heart is sad ; / I feel its wound. / / The [...] Cf. Shijing 233
The Master said, "I hate the manner in which purple takes away the luster of vermilion. I hate the way in which the [...] Cf. Lunyu 465
K'an / The Abysmal (Water) / Water flows on uninterruptedly and reaches its goal: The image of the Abysmal [...] Cf. Yijing 29
Stretch a bow to the very full, / And you will wish you had stopped in time; / Temper a sword-edge to its very [...] Cf. Daodejing 9
The sun has gone slanting over a lordly roof / And red-blossoming branches have leaned toward the dew / Since [...] Cf. Tangshi 284
It is the rule in war, if our forces are ten to the enemy's one, to surround him; if five to one, to attack him; if [...] Cf. Sunzi 31
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