Duke of Sung?
Posted 30 July 2004 - 06:32 PM
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"夫君子之行：靜以修身，儉以養德；非淡泊無以明志，非寧靜無以致遠。" - 諸葛亮
One should seek serenity to cultivate the body, thriftiness to cultivate the morals. If you are not simple and frugal, your ambition will not sparkle. If you are not calm and cool, you will not reach far. - Zhugeliang
Posted 30 July 2004 - 08:30 PM
Posted 30 July 2004 - 09:49 PM
During the Spring and Autumn period the Duke [Xiang] of Song 宋襄公 came to [the river] Hong 泓 to engage the Chu army. The Song army had deployed before the Chu troops had completed crossing the river. The Minister of War said: 'The enemy is many, we are but few. I request permission to attack before he has completed his crossing.' The Duke of Song replied: 'You cannot [because it would be dishonourable].'
When the Chu army had completed the river crossing but had not yet drawn up its formations, the Minister again asked permission to attack and the Duke replied: 'Not yet. When they have drawn up their army we will attack.'
The Song army was defeated, the Duke wounded in the thigh, and the officers of the Van [i.e. front guard] annihilated.
Samuel B. Griffith's footnote: The source of Mao Zedong's remark: 'We are not like the Duke of Song.' (i.e. 'We don't play nice when we fight.')
This is one of the funniest incidents in Chinese warfare, and is always brought up by Chinese to illustrate the point that all means fair and foul are justified in war.
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Posted 12 May 2007 - 09:25 AM
I think I want to shair with you all the storry of Duke Xiang of Song
when Duke Huan of Qi, the first hejomon, was still alive, he- sent the Crown Prince, Zhao, to Duke Xiang of Song.
after his death, his ministers, however, put Wu Kui on the throne. Duke Xiang of Song then sent his armies to attack Qi. they killed Jiang Wu Kui, and inthrone Jiang Zhao, and was known as Duke Xiao of Qi. Duke Xiang of Song thought to himself, 'I will become the new hejomon.So he organized a meeting. At that time, Song is still weak.. So he invited the States of Cai, Cao, Teng, and Zeng.
Cai and Cao came pungtually. But the Duke of Teng came late. Duke Xiang of Song arrested him. the Duke of Zeng ddid not want to come. The Song armies threaten him, so he had no choice but to rush to the meeting. so he was late!
Duke Xiang of Song then killed him. the States of Cai and Cao were unhappy what Duke Xiang did. after theDukes had left, his ministers told him to join the State of Chu, whoes Rulers had declaired themselves as King. They said to him, "we can make use of the power of Chu to became hejomon." Duke Xiang agreed. So he organized a meeting with Qi and Chu. After that, he invited all the States to form an Alliance. but I will continue the storry tomorrow
Posted 15 May 2007 - 05:20 AM
When the Chu armies had finish crossing the river, his advisers shouted, "My Lord, attack! its the right time now!"
His advisers said this because the armies of Chu were still drying their clothes.
"No, no!" he answered. When the armies of Chu hadfinish drying their clothes, Duke Xiang of Song said to his armies,
"attack! attack!" But the Chu armies were stronger the the Song armies. So Song was defeated, and lost its last chance to become the Hejomon.
Thanks for reading. please correct the Spelling mistake. thanks so much
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