battle.of.Bi.speech

battle.of.Bi.speech - Speech of Ch Zhung-wng after his...

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Speech of Ch Zhuāng-wáng ǔ after his Victory at the Battle of Bì p , 597 BCE, as given in Zu zhuàn ǒ , Xuān-gōng 11 (Bì was on the northern border of the state of Zhèng, just south of the Yellow river; NW of present-day Zhèngzhōu, NE of Yingyang district, Henan Province) Pān D ng ǎ ǎ said, “Why should your lordship not build a mound of victory here, and collect in it the corpses of the troops of Jìn, so as to form a grand and imposing spectacle? I have heard that when enemies are subjugated, the deed should be displayed to posterity so that the prowess of it may not forgotten.” “You don’t know what you’re saying,” replied the viscount of Ch . “W ǔ ǔ ǎ , the character for military prowess, is formed from the components zh ǐ ǎ , which means “to stop,” “to fend off,” and gē p , which means “weapon” [dagger-pike or halberd].” “When King W subdued the Shāng, he made the temple ode ( ǔ Shījīng #273, “Shí Wàn” p ), which says: We have called in shields and spears;
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