Nearly five hundred years ago the Celestial, August, the son of Heaven, Yung-Lo, of the Illusrious or MIng Dynasty, commanded the worthy official Kouan-You to make s bell.
The voice of the bell should be strenghtened with brass and deepened with gold and sweetened with silver and that the face and the great lips should be gravened with blessed sayings from the sacred books and that should be suspended the center of the imperial capital to sound through all the many-colored ways of the city of Peking.
I commanded you to make a bell of such size that the sound thereof might be heard for one hundred li.
Yes, my Lord.
The worthy mandarin Kouan-Yu assembled the master molders and renowned bellsmiths of the empire and all men of great repute and cunning in foundry work.
It was discovered that the result was void of worth despite their great labor and ceaseless care. Therefore the molds had to be prepared once more but the result is still worse. All the labor had to be repeated even the third time.