'Confucius is the greatest personage of the largest empire.' So begins a learned writer of my acquaintance, the Rev. Ernst Faber, in his valuable little work Lehrbegriff des Confucius— a systematic digest of his doctrines. 'But,' he adds truly, 'there is a sharp line of demarcation to be drawn between the historical Confucius and the one who is wrapped up in the incense of sacrifices—between the doctrine which was promulgated by himself and the explanations of later centuries.'
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