It floats about, that boat of cypress wood, / There in the middle of the He. / With his two tufts of hair [...] Cf. Shijing 45
[...] 2. Distinguished for their virtuous principles and practice, there were Yen Yûan, Min Tsze-ch'ien, Zan Po-niû, [...] Cf. Lunyu 270
Sung / Conflict / Heaven and water go their opposite ways: The image of CONFLICT. Thus in all his transactions the [...] Cf. Yijing 6
The fives colours confuse the eye, / The fives sounds dull the ear, / The five tastes spoil the palate. / Excess of [...] Cf. Daodejing 12
Even in this world the spirit of a hero / Lives and reigns for thousands of years. / You were the firmest of [...] Cf. Tangshi 150
The different measures suited to the nine varieties of ground; When there are means of communication on all four [...] Cf. Sunzi 208
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