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1. THE FEELING OF FILIAL PIETY MOVED HEAVEN
Emperor Shùn of the Yú dynasty was the son of Gǔsǒu (=Blind Old-Man). His nature was most filial. But his father was obstinate and his mother was boorish. His younger brother Xiàng was proud and overbearing. Shùn ploughed on Mount Lì [in Shāndōng province], where the elephants ploughed for him and the birds weeded for him, for his feelings of filial piety were so great [that even the beasts were moved]. Emperor Yáo [of Táng] heard of this; he sent nine of his sons to wait on him and two of his daughters to be his wives and later abdicated the throne in his favor. Verses praise him saying:
Herds of elephants plough in the spring;
1. Xiào Gǎn Dòng Tiān
Yú Shùn. Gǔsǒu zhi zǐ. Xìng zhì xiào. Fù wén mǔ yín. Dì Xiàng ào. Shùn gēng yú Lì Shān. Yǒu xiàng wèi zhī gēng. Yǒu niǎo wèi zhī yún. Qí xiào gǎn rú cǐ. Dì Yáo wén zhī. Shì yǐ jiǔ nán. Qì yǐ èr nǚ. Suì yǐ tiānxià ràng yān. Xì shī sòng zhī.
Duìduì gēng chūn xiàng. Fēnfēn yún cǎo qín. Sì Yáo dēng dì wèi. Xiào gǎn dòng tiānxià.
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