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The Lieh Wên; narrative. A song in praise of the princes who have assisted at a sacrifice.
Ye brilliant and accomplished lords,
Who with your help my worship crown,
The favors that your grace affords
My sons in future reigns shall own.
Ever in your own states eschew
Alike all greed and wastefulness;
So shall the king still honor you;
And when your present services
He calls to mind, your sons shall know
New honors he will oft bestow.
Let each be strong, and play the man;—
So shall your influence be great. p. 436
Ever in virtue lead the van;—
All chiefs your course will imitate.
The former kings in mind still bear;
What glory can with theirs compare?
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