Qin Song

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Qin Song
Born Unknown
Died Unknown
Other names Wenbiao (文表)
Occupation Official

Qin Song (fl. 190s–200s), courtesy name Wenbiao, was an official serving under the warlord Sun Quan in the late Eastern Han dynasty. He previously served under Sun Ce, Sun Quan's elder brother and predecessor.

Qin Song was from Guangling Commandery (廣陵郡; covering parts of present-day Jiangsu). Sometime around the late 190s, Qin Song, along with Zhang Zhao, Zhang Hong and Chen Duan (陳端), came to serve the warlord Sun Ce, who was on a series of conquests in the Jiangdong region. Qin Song became an advisor to Sun Ce.[1][2]

Qin Song continued serving under Sun Quan after Sun Ce's death in 200 CE, around 208, when the warlord Cao Cao was preparing to invade Jiangdong, Sun Quan called for a meeting with all his subjects to discuss how to deal with Cao Cao. Qin Song, Zhang Zhao and many others suggested to Sun Quan to surrender to Cao Cao because they believed that they could not resist Cao Cao's military power. Sun Quan did not want to submit to Cao Cao, and he hardened his decision to go to war with Cao Cao after Lu Su and Zhou Yu convinced him to do so, he told Zhou Yu that he was very disappointed with Zhang Zhao and Qin Song because he felt that they were actually more concerned about their families and personal interests when they urged him to surrender to Cao Cao.[3][4]

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  1. ^ (彭城張昭、廣陵張紘、秦松、陳端等為謀主。) Sanguozhi vol. 46.
  2. ^ (初,紘同郡秦松字文表,陳端字子正,並與紘見待於孫策,參與謀謨。各早卒。) Sanguozhi vol. 53.
  3. ^ (權撫背曰:「公瑾,卿言至此,甚合孤心。子布、元表諸人,各顧妻子,挾持私慮,深失所望,獨卿與子敬與孤同耳,此天以卿二人贊孤也。五萬兵難卒合,已選三萬人,船糧戰具俱辦,卿與子敬、程公便在前發,孤當續發人衆,多載資糧,為卿後援。卿能辦之者誠決,邂逅不如意,便還就孤,孤當與孟德決之。」) Jiang Biao Zhuan annotation in Sanguozhi vol. 54.
  4. ^ (孫權與陸遜論周瑜、魯肅及蒙曰:「 ... 孤普請諸將,咨問所宜,無適先對,至子布、文表,俱言宜遣使脩檄迎之,子敬即駮言不可,勸孤急呼公瑾,付任以衆,逆而擊之,此二快也。 ... 」) Sanguozhi vol. 54.