Chinese Womanhood

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Jennings and Graham, 1913 - 129 ˹
 

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˹ 20 - You are the devil's gateway: you are the unsealer of that (forbidden) tree: you are the first deserter of the divine law: you are she who persuaded him whom the devil was not valiant enough to attack. You destroyed so easily God's image, man. On account of your desert that is, death even the Son of God had to die.
˹ 19 - And do you not know that you are each an Eve? The sentence of God on this sex of yours lives in this age: the guilt must of necessity live too. You are the devil's gateway: you are the unsealer of that forbidden tree: you are the first deserter of the divine law: you are she who persuaded him whom the devil was not valiant enough to attack. You destroyed so easily God's image, man.
˹ 18 - Ai woman with a long tongue Is a flight of Steps leading to calamity; For disorder does not come from heaven, But is brought about by women. Among those who cannot be trained or taught Are women and eunuchs.
˹ 34 - And Adam was not deceived ; but the woman, being deceived, was in the transgression ; notwithstanding she shall be saved in child-bearing, if they continue in faith, and charity, and holiness with sobriety.
˹ 17 - Sons shall be born to him ; They will be put to sleep on couches ; They will be clothed in robes ; They will have sceptres to play with ; Their cry will be loud. They will be (hereafter) resplendent with red knee-covers, The (future) king, the princes of the land.
˹ 18 - It will be theirs neither to do wrong nor to do good. Only about the spirits and the food will they have to think, And to cause no sorrow to their parents.
˹ 87 - O fair white silk, fresh from the weaver's loom ; Clear as the frost, bright as the winter's snow ! See ! friendship fashions out of thee a fan, Round as the round moon shines in heaven above. At home, abroad, a close companion thou, Stirring at every move the grateful gale. And yet I fear, ah, me ! that autumn chills, Cooling the dying summer's torrid rage, Will see thee laid neglected on the shelf, All thought of by-gone days, like them, by-gone.
˹ 60 - Then go to the chamber of their father and mother, and father-in-law and mother-in-law, and having entered, in a low and placid tone, they must inquire whether their dress is too warm or too cool ; if the parents have pain or itching, themselves must respectfully press or rub [the part affected] ; and if they enter or leave the room, themselves either going before or following, must respectfully support them.
˹ 51 - At sun and moon I sit and gaze, In converse with my troubled heart. Far, far from me my husband stays ; When will he come to heal its smart 1 " Ye princely men who with him mate, Say mark ye not his virtuous way 1 His rule is, Covet not, none hate : How can his steps from goodness stray 1 " The fourth is the Book of Bites.
˹ 86 - The virtue of a female does not consist altogether in extraordinary abilities or intelligence, but in being modestly grave and inviolably chaste, observing the requirements of virtuous widowhood, and in being tidy in her person and everything about her ; in whatever she does to be unassuming, and whenever she moves or sits to be decorous. This is female virtue.

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