Pure and reverent was Da-ren, / The mother of king Wen ; / Loving was she to Zhou Jiang ; – / A wife becoming [...] Cf. Shijing 240
The Master angled, – but did not use a net. He shot, – but not at birds perching. [...] Cf. Lunyu 177
K'uei / Opposition / Above, fire; below. The lake. The image of OPPOSITION. Thus amid all fellowship The superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 38
The Valley Spirit never dies. / It is named the Mysterious Female. / And the doorway of the Mysterious Female / Is the [...] Cf. Daodejing 6
So bright a gleam on the foot of my bed – / Could there have been a frost already? / Lifting myself to look, I [...] Cf. Tangshi 233
In raiding and plundering be like fire, [...] Cf. Sunzi 107
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