57 – THE SUN HEXAGRAM

Air of Air

Sun

SUN: Wood, wind; mark their subtly suave persistance!
Elastic ease, the line of least resistance.

Infirm of purpose, learn the soldier's way.
Ask humbly of the gods to guide thy course!
Violent excess of struggle breeds remorse.
Wide forethoughts and shrewd tactics pledge thee prey.
With steady, easy strokes apply thy force.
Fear, indecision, sap the last resource.

58 – THE TUI HEXAGRAM

Water of Water

Tui

TUI: Still waters may run deep and free;
Mistake not slackness for philosophy!

Appease thyself, harmonious in thy sphere!
Single thy will, most utterly sincere!
Turn not aside when siren pleasures woo!
Search thyself well to make thy purpose clear.
Too trustful customers may buy too dear.
'Tis pleasant to be captain of thy crew!

59 – THE HWAN HEXAGRAM

Air of Moon

Hwan

HWAN: Dissipation; in the world of fools.
The kingly man stands firm, divides and rules.

One needs a horse in this world's mob-mellay;
One needs a refuge, a secure shrewd plan.
We must have knocks, nor mind them, in the fray.
Scatter the mob, then pick the choice array.
Command the mob, and fill their bellies, man!
Good end forgets how badly it began.

60 – THE KIEH HEXAGRAM

Moon of Water

Kieh

KIEH: Regulations: measured steps, but fear
impermanent results if too severe!

There is a time when wisdom urges rest.
Another when the bird should leave his nest.
Observe no rules? Lament; the blame's to thee.
Attend them quietly - success flows free.
Enact right laws - be tactful with decree,
for men are vexed when harshly pressed.

KIEH: Regulations. Who can do without them?
But not too many, lest men come to flout them!

Quit not thine house to meddle with the state;
But set good order still within thy gate.
Thou mayest lament if thou should'st disobey.
But keep the law and go thy peaceful way.
Enact thy laws - suave, tactful, moderate;
But vex not men with harshness overweigh!

61 – THE KUNG FU HEXAGRAM

Air of Water

Kung Fu

KUNG FU: Supreme sincerity; thy wish fulfilled.
For this moves even pigs and fish.

Trust thou thyself, repose in thine own sphere.
But welcome and reciprocate good cheer.
A mate involves vicissitudes that vary;
He travels fast who travels solitary!
Men are most loyal to men most sincere;
But failure's for sky-soaring chanticleer!

62 – THE HSIAO KWO HEXAGRAM

Fire of Earth

Hsiao Kwo

HSIAO KWO: Exceeding in small things I've heard
to soar too high is risky for the bird.

The issue's evil when birds soar too high;
The wisest course is humble loyalty.
Without precautions, enemies assail;
But adaptation and sound care prevail.
Birds in a cave - sure marks for archer's eye!
Ambition, in bad times, is lunacy.

HSIAO KWO: Excessive trifles; but beware
in great things not to trust thyself to air.

Winged though thou be, soar not too rashly high!
Let not self seeking out run loyalty!
Men be incaution ask their foes to assail;
Tact and adroitness helps one to prevail.
At easiest mark, let thine arrows fly!
Uncurbed ambition courts calamity.

63 – THE KI ZI HEXAGRAM

Moon of Sun

Ki Zi

KI ZI: Perfected work. Perfection borders
close to the frontiers of new disorders.

Maintain success; be history's lessons heeded!
Alarmed, be not distracted or unsteady;
Put to each enterprise the full force needed!
To stop the first leak, vigilant and ready.
Small works wrought wisely are most surely speeded!
Rash violence drowns in dark disaster's eddy.

64 – THE WEI ZI HEXAGRAM

Sun of Moon

Wei Zi

WEI ZI: Work ruined! Ah so nearly crossed
the stream! Step slackly once, and all is lost!

Is thy force equal to thy task? else try not!
Retire in the face of overwhelming odds.
To the world's mote thine own eye's beam apply not!
War patient through persistent periods!
So win to fortune, fame and flame that die not;
masterful, modest, feast thou with the gods.

 

 

THE END