Poems of Meng Jiao
Presented to Duke Zhang Duan
(Written for Pei Shu to give to the duke)
A gentleman beyond measure,
Heart flowing like the rivers,
Hating evil with cold uprightness,
Speaking to the people with soft words.
At morning's door, a day of quiet brilliance.
At evening's cup, night's distant landscape.
Chanting that startles hibiscus into bloom.
Laughter that raises autumn's gales.
A phoenix walks alone without companions.
A crane eternally calls for its lost mate.
Fortune favors you with scarce a glance,
Scattering here uncountable worries.
This seems to be a poem that Pei Shu needed to express his sympathy with Duke Zhang. So he turned to his friend Meng Jiao, who happily wrote it for him. It seems like a personal, rather than an offical, offering.