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The Wei Ch‘ing; narrative. Appropriate at some sacrifice to King Wên, and celebrating his statutes.

The statutes of King Wên are pure and clear;
Them we must guard, and in our lives revere. p. 435
Since first we sacrificed to him till now
When all the states obedience yield to Chou,
The fortune of our house comes from his laws,
Its happy omen first, and then its cause.

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