Startled by their arrival, a bird arose and circled several times before alighting upon a branch. [The Master] said, “This pheasant upon the mountain bridge—how timely it is! How timely it is!” Zilu saluted the bird, and it cried out three times before flying away.Confucius, & Slingerland, E. (2003). Analects: With selections from traditional commentaries. Hackett Publishing.
Seeing his expression, it flew up, and after circling, came to roost.
[The Master] said,
The female pheasant on the mountain bridge—
how timely, how timely!
Zilu saluted it. It sniffed three times and flew away.Confucius, & Watson, B. (2007). The Analects of Confucius. Columbia University Press.