‘The Ten Ox-Herding Songs’

5. Herding the Ox: When the beast is properly attended, it will grow pure and docile.Thus the boy must keep a firm grip on the cord; he must not waver. Verse: One does not let go of the whip or the rope,
afraid it will stray
and choose the dusty mist.
A well-tended ox becomes gentle,
and even with no rope,
Will follow people
by himself.
—Trans. Gen Sakamoto

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