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Retire when at seventy, by custom and law you must;
Why still cling to fame and gain, and turn deaf ear to the calling of rest?
Poor old men of senility, with shaking teeth and dim-sighted eyes
yet longing for vanities even dying like the setting sun or morning dews.
reluctant to give up the fancy ornaments on their official hat and the red wheels of official cart.
being so feeble as unable to hold the heavy ensemble in hauchbacked figure, still for getting into office gate they are eager.
Who does not love fame and wealth? Who is not attached to fringe benefit?
Retire on account of age; retreat on account of accomplishment.
Rebel against the old in younger days, but stuck in same rut in latter days.
How could they be so sagacious, the two noble officials named Su in Han Dynasty!
So pathetic that no one else would act the same and take them as models to copy!
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