The Master being very ill, Tsze-lu wished the disciples to act as ministers to him.Go here to read the introductory post to this serialized version of the Analects of Confucius.
During a remission of his illness, he said, "Long has the conduct of Yu been deceitful! By pretending to have ministers when I have them not, whom should I impose upon? Should I impose upon Heaven?
"Moreover, than that I should die in the hands of ministers, is it not better that I should die in the hands of you, my disciples? And though I may not get a great burial, shall I die upon the road?"
~ James Legge translation via The Internet Classics Archive ~