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The Wu Chiang Ta Ch‘ê; narrative. Some officer, overloaded in the king's service, thinks it better to try and dismiss his troubles from his mind.
Push not the cart you stand behind;—
You'll only raise the dust. Nor dwell
On your anxieties of mind;—
You'll only make yourself unwell.
2Push not the cart you stand behind;—
The dust will only blind your view.
Dwell not on things that vex your mind;—
You never thus can see them true.
3Push not the cart you stand behind;—
The dust will but becloud your eyes.
Heed not the troubles of your mind;—
’Twill weight you as you seek to rise.
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