The king and his bow

Master 0sifu Folktale The king and his bow

Master 0sifu Folktale: The king and his bow

King Xuan was fond of shooting an arrow and liked to be boasted as a powerful bowman he was, although he could draw no bow heavier than thirty jin, When he showed his bow to his attendants, they pretended to try to draw it, but only bent it to half its full extent.



“This must weigh at least ninety jin!” They all cried. “None but your Majesty could use such a bow.” And at this the prince was pleased.



Though he only used a thirty-jin bow, till the end of his life he believed that it weighed ninety, It was thirty in fact, and ninety only in name, but for the sake of the empty name he sacrificed the truth.






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