Appendix I] CHINESE INSCRIPTIONS AND RECORDS I04I
His kinsmen wailed aloud,
The neighbouring hamlets were sorely . . .
The land of ... .. .
XI. Ast. ix. 5.
(Transcript and poor photograph.)
~li~ 5.11~~r ~~ ~ ~4~ ~ tric
[Inscription on] the tomb of the late [ ] Chih 1 of . . . Hsien ... He was a native of . . . His
character was lofty and distinguished. The pine . . . virtues without failing. His heart was the abode of ice and jade 2, his affections ... words filled the villages and hamlets. Since he was able to reverence those above him, obey . . . And so from the time of his earliest childhood he had the lustre of carved jade, of lofty ... year. Always he made respect and courtesy the subject of his praise. When he gained fame . . . towers and pavilions.... He was selected for the post of prefect of An-hsi . . . embrace . . . perseveringly he worked for self-improvement. One might have hoped that he would be vouchsafed a hoary old age 3, long-enduring ... Plan of the Yellow River 4. One day the fate of the candle in the wind suddenly overtook him 5,
1 The surname is missing. The rest of the column
should probably read ,~! .h.
2 It was as pure as ice, as incorruptible as jade.
3 Literally, an old age of (bushy) eyebrows'.
4 This was a diagram on the back of a dragon-horse which emerged from the Yellow River. It was copied by the
Emperor Fu Hsi and made the basis of his Eight Trigrams.
See Tz`û yiian, is 45.
5 A flickering candle symbolizes the uncertainty of human
life. The t nJ Old Song Treasury ' has the couplet:
4f *gin4gartig, Long before one approaches a hundred, one's life is like a candle in the wind.'