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The Chung Nan; allusive. Celebrating the growing opulence of some ruler of Ch‘in, and admonishing, while praising, him.

1What trees grow on the Chung-nan hill?
  The white fir and the plum.
In fur of fox, ’neath broidered robe,
  Thither our prince is come. p. 145
His face glows with vermilion hue.
O may he prove a ruler true!

2What find we on the Chung-nan hill?
  Deep nook and open glade.
Our prince shows there the double chi
  On lower robe displayed.
His pendant holds each tinkling gem.
Long life be his, and deathless fame!

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