The oldest collection of Chinese poetry, more than three hundred songs, odes and hymns. Tr. Legge (en) and Granet (fr, incomplete).
[There is] his short war carriage ; –
With the ridge-like end of its pole, elegantly bound in five places ;
With its slip rings and side straps,
And the traces attached by gilt rings to the masked transverse ;
With its beautiful mat of tiger's skin, and its long naves ;
With its piebalds, and horses with white left feet.
When I think of my husband [thus],
Looking bland and soft as a piece of jade ;
Living there in his blank house ;
It sends confusion into all the corners of my heart.
His four horses are in very fine condition,
And the six reins are in the hand [of the charioteer].
Piebald, and bay with black mane, are the insides ;
Yellow with black mouth, and black, are the outsides ;
Side by side are placed the dragon-figured shields ;
Gilt are the buckles for the inner reins.
I think of my husband [thus],
Looking so mild in the cities there.
What time can be fixed for his return ?
Oh ! how I think of him !
His mail-covered team moves in great harmony ;
There are the trident spears with their gilt ends ;
And the beautiful feather-figured shield ;
With the tiger-skin bow-case, and the carved metal ornaments on its front.
The two bows are placed in the case,
Bound with string to their bamboo frames.
I think of my husband,
When I lie down and rise up.
Tranquil and serene is the good man,
With his virtuous fame spread far and near.
The Book of Odes – Shi Jing I. 11. (128) – Chinese on/off – Français/English
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