Ling-ling go the hounds ; – / Their master is admirable and kind. / / There go the hounds with their double [...] Cf. Shijing 103
1. When he was sending complimentary inquiries to any one in another state, he bowed twice as he escorted the messenger [...] Cf. Lunyu 255
K'an / The Abysmal (Water) / Water flows on uninterruptedly and reaches its goal: The image of the Abysmal [...] Cf. Yijing 29
Of the highest the people merely know that such a one exists; / The next they draw near to and praise. / The next they [...] Cf. Daodejing 17
Bamboo from the southern hills was used to make this pipe. / And its music, that was introduced from Persia first [...] Cf. Tangshi 51
If we know that the enemy is open to attack, and also know that our men are in a condition to attack, but are unaware [...] Cf. Sunzi 176
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