1. The philosopher Tsang being ill, Meng
Chang went to ask how he was.
2. Tsang said to him, 'When a bird is about
to die, its notes are mournful; when a man is about to die, his words are
3. 'There are three principles of conduct
which the man of high rank should consider specially important:--that in his
deportment and manner he keep from violence and heedlessness; that in
regulating his countenance he keep near to sincerity; and that in his words and
tones he keep far from lowness and impropriety. As to such matters as attending
to the sacrificial vessels, there are the proper officers for them.'