Shi Jing Introduction Table of content – The Book of Odes

The oldest collection of Chinese poetry, more than three hundred songs, odes and hymns. Tr. Legge (en) and Granet (fr, incomplete).

Section II — Minor odes of the kingdom
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Chapter 3 — Decade of Tong Gong

175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184

Shijing II. 3. (183)

In large volume, those flowing waters,
Go to the court of the sea.
Rapid is that flying falcon,
Now soaring, now resting.
Alas ! among my brethren,
My countrymen, my friends,
No one is willing to think of the prevailing disorder ;
[But] who has not parents [to suffer from it] ?

In large volume, those flowing waters,
Roll on their swollen flood.
Rapid is that flying falcon,
Now soaring, now rising higher.
When I think of those lawless men,
Now I rise up, now I walk about.
The sorrow of my heart,
Cannot be repressed nor forgotten.

Rapid is that flying falcon,
Yet he keeps along the middle of the height.
The talk of the people, –
Is there no means of stopping it ?
If my friends would reverently [watch over themselves],
Would slanderous speeches be made ?

Legge 183

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