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The Shih Wei; narrative. The officers of some state, who were refugees and in distress in Wei, exhort their ruler to return with them.

1At this low ebb! At this low ebb!
  Why not, O prince, return to Li? p. 39
But for your sake, why bide we here,
  Houseless beneath the dew to be?

2At this low ebb! At this low ebb!
  Why not to Li go back again?
But for your person, how should we
  Here in the mire so long have lain?

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