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10. SHE SUCKLED HER MOTHER-IN-LAW
Cuī Nánshān of the Táng dynasty had a great grandmother known as Madame Zhǎngsūn. She was very old and no longer had teeth. Each day his grandmother, Madame Táng, combed the old lady's hair, washed her face, and brought her into the main hall, where she fed her mother-in-law with her own milk. Although the old lady ate not a crumb, nevertheless she passed many years in good health. One day she fell sick, and young and old gathered about her as she announced: "There is no way that I can repay my daughter-in-law's favors. I want all the sons and grandsons and their wives to be as filial and respectful as this daughter-in-law has been." She is praised in verse thus:
The filial daughter-in-law of the Cuī family
10. Rǔ Gū Bū Dài
Táng Cuī Nánshān zēngzǔmǔ Zhǎngsūn fūrén. Nián gāo wú chǐ. Zǔmǔ Táng fūrén měi rì jié xǐ shēng táng. Rǔ qí gū. Nǎi bú lì shí. Shù nián ér kāng. Yí rì bìng. Zhǎng yòu xián jí. Nǎi xuān yán yuē: Wú yǐ bào xīn fù ēn. Yuàn zǐsūn fù. Rú xīnfù zhi xiàojìng zú yǐ. Yǒu shī wéi sòng.
Xiào jìng Cuī jiā fù. Rǔ g:uu chén guàn shū. Cǐ ēn wú yǐ bào. Yuàn dé zǐsūn rú.
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