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They found the old monk Cheng Liu
sitting in meditation at the Temple gate
and shot him full of arrows.
When they dragged a young monk
out of the temple, he laughed
and shouted, Fools, Cheng Liu
has been dead a week,
you’ve killed a dead man!
They killed him with an ax.
But all day General Hsiang could not
get these words out of his mind.
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