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Ancient Classics -> Shang Shu -> Shang Shu -> Count of Wei -> 1

The Count of Wei spoke to the following effect:
'Grand-Master and Junior-Master,
(the House of) Yin, we may conclude, can no longer exercise rule over the four quarters (of the kingdom).
The great deeds of our founder were displayed in former ages,
but by our maddened indulgence in spirits,
we have destroyed (the effects of) his virtue in these after-times.
(The people of) Yin, small and great, are given to highway robberies, villainies, and treachery.
The nobles and officers imitate one another in violating the laws,
and there is no certainty that criminals will be apprehended.
The smaller people (consequently) rise up,
and commit violent outrages on one another.
Yin is now sinking in ruin
- its condition is like that of one crossing a stream,
who can find neither ford nor bank.
!” That Yin should be hurrying to ruin at the present pace!'


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