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王棄其儀表,則無以臨國,妾有淫端,則無以生世,一舉而
兩辱,妾以死守之,不敢承命,且凡所欲妾者為樂也,近妾
而死,何樂之有,如先殺妾,又何益於君王,於是吳王慚,遂
退舍,伯嬴與其保阿閉永巷之門,皆不釋兵,三旬秦救至,
昭王乃復矣,君子謂伯嬴勇而精一,詩曰,莫莫葛纍,施于
條枚,豈弟君子,求福不回,此之謂也,

周列國 首句:貞姜

Warring States after Zhou: Chaste Jiang of King Zhao of Chu

貞姜者,齊侯之女,楚昭王之夫人也,王出遊,留夫人漸臺
之上而去,王聞江水大至,使使者迎夫人,忘持其符,使者
至,請夫人出,夫人曰,王與宫人約,令召宫人必以符,今使
者不持符,妾不敢從使者行,使者曰,今水方大至,還而取
符,則恐後矣,夫人曰,妾聞之,貞女之義不犯約,勇者不畏
死,守一節而已,妾知從使者必生,留必死,然棄約越義而

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