- porated in ch. lxxx of the Tao-Tê-Ching. See The Remains of Lao Tzŭ, p. 50.
The area covered by the nets of fishermen and fowlers, and pricked by the plough, was a square of two thousand and odd li.
- Of which three go to a mile, roughly. This statement is intended to convey an idea of prosperity.
And within its four boundaries not a temple or shrine was dedicated, nor a district or hamlet governed, but in accordance with the rules laid down by the Sages.
Yet one morning
- B.C. 481.
T'ien Ch'êng Tzŭ slew the Prince of Ch'i, and stole his kingdom. And not his kingdom only, but the wisdom-tricks which he had got from the Sages as well; so that although T'ien Ch'êng Tzŭ acquired the reputation of a thief, he lived as comfortably as ever did either Yao or Shun. The small States did not venture to blame, nor the great States to punish him; and so for twelve generations his descendants ruled over Ch'i.
- Commentators have failed to explain away this last sentence. On the strength of an obvious anachronism, some have written off the whole chapter as a forgery; but the general style of argument is against this view.
Was not this stealing the State of Ch'i and the wisdom-tricks of the Sages as well in order to secure himself from the consequences of such theft?