Well loaded with millet were the dishes, / And long and curved were spoons of thorn-wood. / The way to Zhou was [...] Cf. Shijing 203
The people of Ch'î sent to Lû a present of female musicians, which Chî Hwan received, and for three days no court was [...] Cf. Lunyu 477
Chi Chi / After Completion / Water over fire: the image of the condition In AFTER COMPLETION. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 63
The Valley Spirit never dies. / It is named the Mysterious Female. / And the doorway of the Mysterious Female / Is the [...] Cf. Daodejing 6
The sun has set in the water's clear void, / And little blue islands are one with the sky. / On the bank a [...] Cf. Tangshi 219
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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