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1 88 THE SHU KING. PART v.
and with his (loyal) friendly people, to maintain and receive his majesty's dread command and brilliant virtue. That the king should finally obtain the decree all-complete, and that he should become illustrious, this I do not presume to labour for. I only bring respectfully these offerings to present to his majesty, to be used in his prayers to Heaven for its long-abiding decree.' *
��BOOK XIII. THE ANNOUNCEMENT CONCERNING Lo.
THE matters recorded in this Book are all connected, more or less nearly, with Lo, the new capital, the arrangements for the building of which are related at the commencement of the last Book. According to the summary of the contents given by the commentator 3hai Khzn, ' The arrangements for the building having been made, the duke of Ka.u sent a messenger to inform the king of the result of his divinations. The historiographer recorded this as the Announcement about Lo, and at the same time related a dialogue between the king and his minister, and how the king charged the duke to remain at Lo, and conduct the government of it.' Passing over the commencing paragraph, which I have repeated here from the ninth Book, 3hai divides all the rest into seven chapters. Ch. i contains the duke's message concerning his divinations; and the next gives the king's reply. Ch. 3 is occupied with instructions to the king about the measures which he should pursue on taking up his residence at Lo. In ch. 4, the king charges the duke to remain at Lo, and undertake its government. In ch. 5, the duke re- sponds, and accepts the charge, dwelling on the duties which the king and himself would have to perform. Ch. 6 relates
- he action of the duke in reference to a message and gift
from the king intended for his special honour. In ch. 7, the historiographer writes of sacrifices offered by the king in Lo, and a proclamation that he issued, and tells how long the duke continued in his government ; showing how the duke began the city and completed it, and how king .Oang, after offering the sacrifices and inaugurating the government, returned to Hao, and did not, after all, make his capital at Lo.