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Ancient Classics -> Shang Shu -> Shang Shu -> Tai Jia II -> 7

伊尹Yi Yin did obeisance with his face to his hands and his head on the ground, and said,
'To cultivate his person,
and by being sincerely virtuous, bring (all) below to harmonious concord with him;
this is the work of the intelligent sovereign.
The former king was kind to the distressed and suffering, as if they were his children,
and the people submitted to his commands
- all with sincere delight.
Even in the states of the neighbouring princes,
(the people) said,
"We are waiting for our sovereign;
。’when our sovereign comes, we shall not suffer the punishments (that we, now do)."
O king, zealously cultivate your virtue.
Regard (the example of) your meritorious grandfather.
At no time allow yourself in pleasure and idleness.
In worshipping your ancestors, think how you can prove your filial piety;
in receiving your ministers, think how you can show yourself respectful;
in looking to what is distant. Try to get clear views;
have your ears ever open to lessons of virtue
。”- then shall I acknowledge (and respond to) the excellence of your majesty with an untiring (devotion to your service).


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