Meaning of the Idiom
wen ji qi wu
Rising Up upon Hearing the Crow of a Rooster to Practise Sword Playing.
Meaning of people of high aspirations who lose no time to prepare themselves for a great future.
Zu Ti of the Jin Dynasty（265-420）was a big-hearted and farsighted person, however, he was very naughty and did not like to study when he was a small kid. When he became a young man, he felt acutely that his knowledge was inadequate and that he could not serve his country well if he did not study hard. So he put all his energies into his study. He read extensively, seriously studied history from which he absorbed rich knowledge, and made good progress in his studies.
Later, both Zu Ti and Liu Kun, his best friend, were appointed chief clerks responsible for document administration in the Sizhou Prefecture. he and Liu Kun cherished a deep affection for each other. Once, Zu Ti heard a cock crow in the wasteland in his dream at midnight. He kicked Liu Kun a wake and saying to him:” People say it is inauspicious to hear a cock crow in the wasteland. I don’s think so. What about getting up and practicing sword playing the moment we hear the cock crow form now on?” Liu Kun agreed readily. So every day when the cock crow, they got up and practiced sword playing, the cold steel of the swords glinting and flashing. Day by day, they never stopped. Through long periods of hard study and training, they finally became versatile persons versed in both civil and military affairs. They could write good essays, and were capable of leading troops in fighting victoriously.
This story appears in “The Life of Zu Ti” in The History of the Jin Dynasty. From this story people have coined the set phrase” rising up upon hearing the crow of a rooster to practice sword playing” to signify that someone is exerting himself to do something worthwhile. It is also used to signify that a person of noble aspirations exerts himself in time.
wén jī qǐ wǔ ，闻鸡起舞，原意为听到鸡啼就起来舞剑，后来比喻有志报国的人即时奋起。
Reading The Paragraphs!
Meaning of Words
|open and poised; open affectionate heart|
|poor; short; lacking|
|draw; derive; absorb|
|辅佐（fǔ zuǒ）||协助，多指政治上，如协助君主治理国家 。|
|persisting; steady; untiring|
|a man of tremendous promise;|
|文韬武略（wén tāo wǔ lüè）||表示文武双全、大智大勇，在军事政治等方面具有卓越才能的人。|