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8. HE HIRED OUT TO SUPPORT HIS MOTHER
Jiāng Gé lived in the later Hàn dynasty. His father died when he was young, and he lived alone with his mother. The times were troubled and chaotic, so, carrying his mother on his back, he fled. Again and again they encountered bandits who wanted to force him to join them. But Gé burst into tears and told them that he bore his mother with him [whom he had to support]. The bandits could not bring themselves to kill him, and at length he reached Xià Péi [in Jiāngsū province]. Impoverished, naked, and barefoot, he hired himself out as a laborer to support his mother. His mother was able to have all she desired, and there was no end to what he gave her. A verse praises him thus:
He carries his mother out of danger;
8. Xíng Yōng Gòng Mǔ
Hòuhàn Jiāng Gé. Shào shī fù. Dú yǔ mǔ jū. Zāo luàn. Fù mǔ táo nàn. Shuò yù zé. Huò yù jié zhi qù. Gé zhé qì gào yǒu lǎomǔ zài.Zé bù rěn shā. Zhuǎn kè Xià Péi. Pínqióng luǒxiǎn.. Xíng yōng yǐ gōng mǔ. Mǔ biàn shēn zhi wù. Mò bú bì jǐ. Yǒu shī wéi sòng.
Fù mǔ táo wéi nàn. Qióngtú zé fàn pín. Gào āi fāng huò miǎn. Yōng lì yǐ gōng qīn.
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