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Ancient Classics -> Shang Shu -> Yu Shu -> Yi and Ji -> 1

The Di said,
'Come Yu,
。” you also must have excellent words (to bring before me).'
:“Yu did obeisance, and said, 'Oh!
what can I say, O Di, (after Gao-Yao)?
。” I can (only) think of maintaining a daily assiduity.'
皋陶 Gao-Yao said,
'Alas!
?” will you describe it?'
Yu replied,
'The inundating waters seemed to assail the heavens,
怀 and in their vast extent embraced the hills and overtopped the great mounds,
so that the people were bewildered and overwhelmed.
I mounted my four conveyances,
and all along the hills hewed down the trees,
at the same time, along with Yi, showing the multitudes how to get flesh to eat.
I (also) opened passages for the streams (throughout the) nine (provinces),
and conducted them to the four seas.
I deepened (moreover) the channels and canals, and conducted them to the streams,
sowing (grain), at the same time, along with Ji,
and showing the multitudes how to procure the food of toil, (in addition to) the flesh meat.
I urged them (further) to exchange what they had for what they had not,
and to dispose of their accumulated stores.
(In this way) all the people got grain to eat,
。” and the myriad regions began to come under good rule.'
皋陶 Gao-Yao said,
'Yes,
。” we ought to model ourselves after your excellent words.'


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