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4. HE OBEYED HIS MOTHER IN SIMPLE CLOTHES
Mǐn Sǔn of the Zhōu dynasty was called Zǐqiān (=the Master's Inferior). His mother died very early, and his father took another wife, who bore two sons, whom she dressed in raw silk lined with cotton wadding. She was jealous about Sǔn and dressed him in mere rushes. One day his father ordered Sǔn to harness the cart. Sǔn's body was cold and he dropped the rope. His father looked into the reason, then resolved to divorce his second wife. Sǔn said: "If Mother stays, one child will be poorly dressed. If Mother leaves, three children will be cold." The stepmother heard this, and she repented and changed. Verses praise him, saying:
The Mǐn family has a saintly son,
4. Dān Yī Shùn Mǔ
Zhōu. Mǐn Sǔn. Zì Zǐqīn. Zǎo sàng mǔ. Fù qǔ hòumǔ. Shēng èr zǐ. Yì yǐ mián shù. Dù Sǔn. Yì yǐ lúhuā. Yí rì. Fù lìng Sǔn yù jū. Tǐ hán shī yǐn. Fù chá zhī qí gù. Yù chū hòumǔ. Sǔn yuē: Mǔ zài yì zǐ dān. Mǔ qù sān zǐ hán. Hòumǔ wén zhī. Zúhuǐ gǎi. Xì shī wéi sòng:
Mǐn shì yǒu xiánláng. Hé zēng yuàn hòuniáng. Jūqián liú mǔ zài. Sān zǐ miǎn fēngshuāng.
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