Yao said, "Oh! you, Shun, the Heaven-determined order of succession now rests in your person.
Sincerely hold fast the due Mean. If there shall be distress and want within the four seas,
the Heavenly revenue will come to a perpetual end." Shun also used the same language in giving charge to Yu.
T'ang said, "I the child Li, presume to use a dark-colored victim, and presume to announce to Thee,
O most great and sovereign God, that the sinner I dare not pardon,
and thy ministers, O God, I do not keep in obscurity.
The examination of them is by thy mind, O God. If, in my person, I commit offenses,
they are not to be attributed to you, the people of the myriad regions.
If you in the myriad regions commit offenses, these offenses must rest on my person."
Chau conferred great gifts, and the good were enriched.
"Although he has his near relatives, they are not equal to my virtuous men.
The people are throwing blame upon me, the One man."
He carefully attended to the weights and measures, examined the body of the laws,
restored the discarded officers, and the good government of the kingdom took its course.