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A Chinese Biographical Duhtioriary 87


  1. ZF Nan-p‘ing in Fuhkien, who iiourished as a high oiiicial

at the close of the 4th cent. A.D. In bis youth he was too poor to aford a lamp, and studied by the light of a bag of fireiiies. Yet he rose to be President of the Board of Civil Odice. He entered the service of Huan Wen, and his wit and beauty made him a great favourite at Court. On one occasion he was present when Hsieh An and his brother were expounding the Hlial Pialy to the Emperor Hsiso Wu. He whispered to i ¥ Yuan Yang that there were several points about which he would like to be enlightened, but that he feared to weary and annoy the two sages. “Fear not!" replied Yuan Yang. “Did you ever see a bright mirror wearied with reflecting, or a clear stream annoyed by a genial breese?"|About A.D. 885 he retired in ill-health, with the title of Marquis. ~

207 Chên Chiang 5th cent. B.C. The virtuous wife of 2 Prince. HQ Chao of the Ch‘u State. When the prince went from home, he left her in a tower surrounded by water; and it was agreed between them that if he sent for her, he would give the messenger as token to be shown to the princess. On one occasion there was a`iio0d, and the water began to rise high round the tower. The prince hurriedly sent elf a messenger to rescue his wife, but forgot the token; the result being that the lady declined to leave the tower, and perished in the Hood.

208 Chên Tê-hsiu (T. and and H. E |,_|_| ). AD. 1178-1235. A native of P‘u-ch‘éng in Fuhkien. Graduating in 1199, he:;was appointed to the Imperial Academy, and soon rose to high oilice at the capital. At his own request he 'll lent into the provinces; and his administration, in spite of ite denunciations of enemies, was marked by signal success. On UN Bccession of the Emperor Li Tsung in 1225, he was falsely mused of having favoured the Emperor’s brother, who had just 07