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9. HE CONCEALED ORANGES TO PRESENT TO HIS MOTHER
In the later Hàn dynasty there lived a certain Lù Jī, also called Gōngjì. When he was six, he went to Jiùjiāng (=Nine Rivers) [in Jiāngxī province], where he met [General] Yuán Shù. Shù brought out some oranges and presented them to him [as a guest]. Jī concealed two oranges in his sleeves. But when he thanked [the general] upon leaving, they fell out on the ground. Shù said: "Master Lù, you are my guest, and yet you conceal oranges?" Jī knelt and answered: "My mother has a fondness for them, and I wanted to present them to her when I returned." Shù was greatly amazed. A poem praises him in these words:
Filial duty is an inborn quality, thus
9. Huái Jú Wèi Qīn
Hòuhàn Lù Jī. Zì Gōngjì. Nián liù suì. Zhì jiǔ jiāng jiàn yán shù. Shù chū jú dài zhi. Jī huán jú èr méi. Jí guī bàicí duò dì. Shù yuē: Lù láng zuò bīnkè. Ér huái jú hū. Jī guì dá yuē. Wú mǔ xìng zhi suǒ ài. Yù guī yǐ wèi mǔ. Shù dà qí zhī. Yǒu shī wéi sòng.
Xiào tì jiē tiān xìng. Rén jiān liù suì ěr. Xiù zhōng huái jú shí. Wèi mǔ bào shēn cí.
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