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18. HE PICKED MULBERRIES TO SERVE HIS MOTHER
Cài Shùn of the Hàn dynasty was left fatherless at a young age. He served his mother with utmost filial devotion. They had to endure the tumult of Wáng Mǎng, and the crops were bad and the land unproductive. He gathered mulberries, which he sorted into different containers until they were full. A [band of] Red-Eyebrow robbers [rebels against Wáng Mǎng] saw this and asked him about it. Shùn said: "The black, ripe ones I give to my mother. The red, unripe ones I eat myself." The robbers took compassion because of this filiality and gave him three catties of white rice and an ox leg. A verse says of him:
With black mulberries he nourishes his mother;
18. Shí Shèn Gòng Mǔ
Hàn Tsài Shùn shào gū. Shì mǔ zhì xiào. Zāo Wáng Mǎng luàn. Suì huāng bù jǐ. Shí sāng shèn. Yǐ yì qì chéng zhī. Chìméi zéi jiàn ér wèn zhī. Shùn yuē: Hēizhě fèng mǔ. Chìzhě zì shí. Zéi mǐn qí xiào. Yǐ bái mǐ sān dǒu. Niú tí yì zhī yǔ zhī. Yǒu shī wéi sòng.
Hēi chén fèng xuān wéi. Jī tí lèi mǎn yī. Chìméi zhī xiào yì. Niú mǐ zèng jūn guī.
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