Let us gather the thorn-ferns, let us gather the thorn-ferns ; / The thorn-ferns are now springing up. / When shall [...] Cf. Shijing 167
1. The Duke Ching of Ch'î had a thousand teams, each of four horses, but on the day of his death, the people did not [...] Cf. Lunyu 445
Shih Ho / Biting Through / Thunder and lighting: The image of BITING THROUGH. Thus the kings of former times made firm [...] Cf. Yijing 21
Perfect activity leaves no track behind it; / Perfect speech is like a jade-worker whose tool leaves no mark. / The [...] Cf. Daodejing 27
Your grasses up north are as blue as jade, / Our mulberries here curve green-threaded branches; / And at last [...] Cf. Tangshi 7
Hence it is that which none in the whole army are more intimate relations to be maintained than with spies. [...] Cf. Sunzi 248
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