The wings of the ephemera, / Are robes, bright and splendid. / My heart is grieved ; – / Would they but come [...] Cf. Shijing 150
1. When any of his friends died, if he had no relations who could be depended on for the necessary offices, he would [...] Cf. Lunyu 262
Ts'ui / Gathering Together [Massing] / Over the earth, the lake: The image of GATHERING TOGETHER. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 45
When there is Tao in the empire / The galloping steeds are turned back to fertilize the ground by their droppings. / [...] Cf. Daodejing 46
Grass has run wild now by the Bridge of Red-Birds; / And swallows' wings, at sunset, in Blacktail Row / Where [...] Cf. Tangshi 280
The spot where we intend to fight must not be made known; for then the enemy will have to prepare against a possible [...] Cf. Sunzi 81
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