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The people of Yüeh killed their ruler three times in succession, and the prince Sâu, distressed by it, made his escape to the caves of Tan, so that Yüeh was left without a ruler. The people sought for the prince, but could not find him, till at last they followed him to the cave of Tan. The prince was not willing to come out to them, but they smoked him out with moxa, and made him mount the royal chariot. As he took hold of the strap, and mounted the carriage, he looked up to heaven, and called out, '0 Ruler, 0 Ruler, could you not have spared me this?' Prince Sâu did not dislike being ruler;-- he disliked the evil inseparable from being so. It may be said of him that he would not for the sake of a kingdom endanger his life; and this indeed was the reason why the people of Yüeh wanted to get him for their ruler.


越人三世弑其君,王子搜患之,逃乎丹穴。而越国无君,求王子搜不得,从之丹穴。王子搜不肯出,越人薰之以艾。乘以王舆。王子搜援绥登车,仰天而呼曰:“君乎君乎!独不可以舍我乎!”王子搜非恶为君也,恶为君之患也。若王子搜者,可谓不以国伤生矣,此固越人之所欲得为君也。
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