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Page 232 - I fly, and flying sing, To flowery kingdoms of Cathay, And bird-like poise on balanced wing Above the town of King-te-tching, A burning town, or seeming so, — Three thousand furnaces that glow Incessantly, and fill the air With smoke uprising, gyre on gyre, And painted by the lurid glare, Of jets and flashes of red fire.
Page 160 - Accordingly, he had the two leaders beheaded, and straightway installed the pair next in order as leaders in their place. When this had been done, the drum was sounded for the drill once more; and the girls went through all the evolutions, turning to the right or to the left, marching ahead or wheeling back, kneeling or standing, with perfect accuracy and precision, not venturing to utter a sound. Then Sun Tzu sent a messenger to the King saying: "Your soldiers, Sire, are now properly drilled and...
Page 174 - Many are the princes and prophets that the world has seen in its time; glorious in life, forgotten in death. But Confucius, though only a humble member of the cotton-clothed masses, remains among us after many generations. He is the model for such as would be wise. By all, from the Son of Heaven down to the meanest student, the supremacy of his principles is fully and freely admitted. He may indeed be pronounced the divinest of men.
Page 236 - He caused a diligent inquiry to be made " for all the ancient books which treated of the admirable art of making gold and silver, and without pity, committed them to the flames ; apprehensive, as we are assured, lest the opulence of the Egyptians should inspire them with confidence to rebel against the empire.
Page 158 - May the test be applied to women? ' The answer was again in the affirmative, so arrangements were made to bring 180 ladies out of the palace. Sun Tzu divided them into two companies, and placed one of the King's favourite concubines at the head of each.
Page 303 - Daughters will be born to him. They will be put to sleep on the ground ; They will be clothed with wrappers; they will have tiles to play with. It will be theirs neither to do wrong nor to do good. Only about the spirits and the food will they have to think, And to cause no sorrow to their parents.
Page 158 - Left turn," you must face towards your left hand. When I say " Right turn," you must face towards your right hand. When I say " About turn," you must face right round towards the back.
Page 303 - Sons shall be born to him ; They will be put to sleep on couches ; They will be clothed in robes ; They will have sceptres to play with ; Their cry will be loud. They will be (hereafter) resplendent with red knee-covers, The (future) king, the princes of the land. Daughters shall be born to him ; They will be put to sleep on the ground ; They will be clothed with wrappers ; They will have tiles to play w1th.
Page 158 - Right turn,' you must face towards your right hand. When I say ' About turn,' you must face right round towards the back." Again the girls assented. The words of command having been thus explained, he set up the halberds and battle-axes in order to begin the drill. Then, to the sound of drums, he gave the order, " Right turn." But the girls only burst out laughing. Sun Tzu said : "If words of command are not clear and distinct, if orders are not thoroughly understood, then the general is to blame.