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The Cho; narrative. An ode in praise of King Wu.

Oh! powerful was the mighty host,
  By which the throne to Chou was given.
Wu nursed it, while the time was dark,
  Submissive to the will of Heaven.
But when the day propitious came,
He armed himself, and marched to fame. p. 460
And what the martial king achieved,
  We have been favored to obtain.
That we may rightly use the lot,
  Which thou for us didst nobly gain,
Thy course, O king, we on our part
  Will follow with sincerest heart.

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