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The Chien Hsi; narrative and allusive. Half in scorn, half in sorrow, an officer of Wei tells of the mean services in which he was employed.

1With mind indifferent, things I easy take.
In every dance I prompt appearance make:—
Then, when the sun is at his topmost height;
There, in the place that courts the public sight. p. 41

2With figure large I in the courtyard dance.
And the duke smiles, when he beholds me prance.
A tiger's strength I have; the steeds swift bound;
The reins as ribbons in my hands are found.

3See how I hold the flute in my left hand;
In right the pheasant's plume, waved like a wand;
With visage red, where rouge you think to trace,
While the duke pleased, sends down the cup of grace!

4Hazels on hills; the ling in meadow damp;—
Each has its place, while I'm a slighted scamp.
My thoughts go back to th’ early days of Chou,
And muse upon its chiefs, not equaled now.
O noble chiefs, who then the west adorned,
Would ye have thus neglected me and scorned?

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