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 I — Lessons from the states
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15
Chapter 7 — The odes of Zheng

75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95

Shijing I. 7. (93)

I went out at the east gate,
Where the girls were in clouds.
Although they are like clouds,
It is not on them that my thoughts rest.
She in the thin white silk, and the grey coiffure, –
She is my joy !

I went out by the tower on the covering wall,
Where the girls were like flowering rushes.
Although they are like flowering rushes,
It is not of them that I think.
She in the thin white silk, and the madder-[dyed coiffure], –
It is she that makes me happy !

Legge 93

Hors de la porte orientale,
les filles semblent un nuage :
Bien qu'elles semblent un nuage,
nulle ne fixe ma pensée !
Robe blanche et bonnet grisâtre,
voilà qui peut me rendre gai !

Hors du bastion de la porte
les filles semblent des fleurs blanches :
Bien qu'elles semblent des fleurs blanches,
nulle n'occupe ma pensée !
Robe blanche et bonnet garance,
voilà ce qui peut me charmer !

Granet XXIII.

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