THE VANITY OF REPUTATION
"Chieh availed himself of the wealth of many generations, and attained to the honour of facing south as king. His wisdom was sufficient to p. 57 restrain his many subjects, and his power great enough to shake the land within the four seas. He indulged in what was agreeable to his eyes and ears, and fulfilled his heart's desires. He was gay and merry till death.
"Of all mortals he was the most reckless and dissipated.
"Chow also availed himself of the wealth of many generations, and became King.
"Everything yielded to his will.
"Abandoning himself to his desires through the long night, he indulged in debauchery in his seraglio. Nor did he embitter his life with propriety and righteousness.
"He was merry and gay till he was put to death.
"Of all mortals he was the most licentious and extravagant.
Translator of Yang Zhu's Garden of Pleasure is Anton Forke. If you missed any posts in this series, please utilize the Yang Zhu label below.