The text Sanjizian 三字鑒 "Three-Characters Mirror" is an imitation of the famous primer Sanzijing 三字經 that was written by the Qing period 清 (1644-1911) scholar Yu Maoxun 余懋勛 and commented by Chen Qiyuan 陳起元. It is 2,700-characters long and narrates the history of China.
|When the primordial chaos emerged, qian (Heaven) and kun (the Earth) provided stability. Sun and moon shone bright, and the rivers and mountains became distinguishable. The Five Agents started to work, and the ten thousand beings were created.|
|Our [Saint] Confucius was born east in the state of Lu. He determined the [wordings of the] Five Classics and transmitted the thousand [rituals] from antiquity.
|The High Ancestor of the Tang dynasty was Li Yuan (r. 618-626). He was born in Chengji and founded his capital seat in Chang'an. Emperor Taizong (r. 626-649) finally sought to bring order into the government. He founded the state examinations to gain worthy ministers, and so produced 18 academicians [who served him].|