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卻說袁熙、袁尚至遼東,二人密議曰:「遼東軍兵數萬,足可與曹操爭衡。今暫投之,後當殺公孫康而奪其地,養成氣力而抗中原,可復河北也。」

商議已定,乃入見公孫康,康留於館驛,只推有病,不即相見。不一日,細作回報:「曹操兵屯易州,並無下遼東之意。」公孫康大喜,乃先伏刀斧手於壁衣中,使二袁入。相見禮畢,命坐。時天氣嚴寒,尚見床榻上無裀褥,謂康曰:「願鋪坐席。」康瞋目言曰:「汝二人之頭,將行萬里!何席之有?」尚大驚。康叱曰:「左右何不下手!」刀斧手擁出,就坐席上砍下二人之頭,用木匣盛貯,使人送到易州,來見曹操。

時操在易州,按兵不動。夏侯惇、張遼入稟曰:「如不下遼東,可回許都;恐劉表生心。」操曰:「待二袁首級至,即便回兵。」眾皆暗笑。忽報遼東公孫康遣人送袁熙、袁尚首級至,眾皆大驚。使者呈上書信。操大笑曰:「果不出奉孝之料!」重賞來使,封公孫康為襄平侯左將軍。眾官問曰;「何為不出奉孝之所料?」操遂出郭嘉書以示之。書略曰:

今聞袁熙、袁尚往投遼東,明公切不可加兵。公孫康久畏袁氏吞併,二袁往投必疑。若以兵擊之,必併力迎敵,急不可下;若緩之,公孫康、袁氏必自相圖,其勢然也。

眾皆踴躍稱善。操引眾官復設祭於郭嘉靈前,亡年三十八歲。從征十有一年,多立奇勳。後人有詩讚曰:

天生郭奉孝,豪傑冠群英。
腹內藏經史,胸中隱甲兵。

運謀如范蠡,決策似陳平。
可惜身先喪,中原梁棟傾。

操領兵還冀州,使人先扶郭嘉靈柩於許都安葬。程昱等請曰:「北方既定,今還許都,可早建下江南之策。」操笑曰:「吾有此志久矣。諸君所言,止合吾意。」是夜宿於冀州城東角樓上,憑欄仰觀天文。時荀攸在側。操指曰:「南方旺氣燦然,恐未可圖也。」攸曰:「以丞相天威,何所不服?」

正看間,忽見一道金光,從地而起。攸曰:「此必有寶於地下。」操下樓令人隨光掘之。正是:
星文方向南中指,金寶旋從北地生。

不知所得何物,且看下文分解。
 
122 In the meantime, Yuan Xi and Yuan Shang had taken counsel together as they approached Liaodong, saying, "Liaodong has a large army, strong enough to oppose Cao Cao. We will go thither and submit till we can slay the Governor and take possession. Then when we are strong enough, we will attack and recover our own land."

123 With these intentions they went into the city. They were received and lodged in the guests' quarters. But when they wished to see Gongsun Kang, he put them off with the excuse of indisposition.

124 However, before many days the spies returned with the news that Cao Cao's army was quiescent and there was no hint of any attack.

125 Then Gongsun Kang called Yuan Xi and Yuan Shang into his presence. But before they came he hid swordsmen and ax-men behind the arras in the hall. When the visitors came and had made their salutations, Gongsun Kang bade them be seated.

126 Now it was bitterly cold and on the couches where they were sitting were no coverings. So Yuan Shang said, "May we have cushions?"

127 The host said, "When your heads take that long, long journey, will there be any cushions?"

128 Before Yuan Shang could recover from his fright, Gongsun Kang shouted, "Why do you not begin?"

129 At this out rushed the assassins and the heads of the two brothers were cut off as they sat. Packed in a small wooden box they were sent to Cao Cao at Yezhou 역주.

130 All this time Cao Cao had been calmly waiting. His impatient officers 하후돈과 장요 had petitioned in a body, saying, "Let's march to the capital to ward off Liu Biao's threat if we are not going to attack the east."

131 Cao Cao said, "I am waiting for the heads of the enemy. We will go as soon as the heads arrive."

132 In their secret hearts they laughed. But then, surely enough, messenger soon came from Liaodong bringing the heads. Then they were greatly surprised.

133 And when the messenger presented Gongsun Kang's letters, Cao Cao cried, "Just as Guo Jia said!"

134 He amply rewarded the messenger, and the Governor of Liaodong was made Lord of Xiangping 양평후 and General of the Left Army 좌장군. When the officers asked what had happened, Cao Cao told them what the late adviser had predicted. He read to them the dead officer's testament, which ran something like this:

135 "Yuan Xi and Yuan Shang are going to Liaodong. Illustrious Sir, you are on no account to attack, for Gongsun Kang has long lived in fear lest the Yuans should absorb his country. When they arrive, Gongsun Kang will hesitate. If you attack, he will save the Yuans to help him; if you wait, they will work against each other. This is evident."

136 The officers simply jumped with surprise to see how perfectly events had been foreseen. Then Cao Cao at the head of all his officers performed a grand sacrifice before the coffin of the wise Guo Jia. He had died at the age of thirty-eight, after eleven years of meritorious and wonderful service in wars.

137 When Heaven permitted Guo Jia's birth, 
It made him ablest man on earth. 
He knew by rote all histories, 
From him war kept no mysteries. 

Like Fan Li's, his plans were quite decisive, 
As Chen Ping's, his strokes were most incisive. 
Too soon he ran his earthly race, 
Too soon the great beam fell from place.

138 When Cao Cao returned to Jizhou 기주, he sent off the coffin of his late adviser to Capital Xuchang 허도 where it was interred.

139 Then Cheng Yu 정욱 and others said, "As the north has been overcome, it is time to settle the south."

140 Cao Cao was pleased and said, "That has long occupied my thoughts."

141 The last night he spent in Jizhou, Cao Cao went to the eastern corner tower and stood there regarding the sky. His only companion was Xun You 순유.

142 Presently Cao Cao said, "That is a very brilliant glow there in the south. It seems too strong for me to do anything there."

143 "What is there that can oppose your heaven-high prestige?" said Xun You.

144 Suddenly a beam of golden light shot up out of the earth.

145 "Surely a treasure is buried there," remarked Xun You.

146 They went down from the city wall, called some guards, and led them to the point whence the light proceeded. There the men were ordered to dig.

147 The southern skies with portents glow, 
The northern lands their treasures show.

148 What the diggers found will appear in the next chapter.
 


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