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 12 — The odes of Chen

136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145

Shijing I. 12. (137)

[There are] the white elms at the east gate.
And the oaks on Wanqiu ;
The daughter of Zizhong,
Dances about under them.

A good morning having been chosen,
For the plain in the South,
She leaves twisting her hemp,
And dances to it through the market-place.

The morning being good for excursion,
They all proceed together.
' I look on you as the flower of the thorny mallow ;
You give me a stalk of the pepper plant.

Legge 137

Porte de l'Est, les ormeaux,
sur le tertre Yuan, les chênes :
C'est la fille de Tseu Tchong
qui danse, danse à leur ombre !

Un beau matin l'on se cherche
dans la plaine du midi !
Qu'on ne file plus son chanvre !
au marché, va ! danse, danse !

Un beau matin l'on promène
et l'on s'en va tous en bande !
— A mes yeux tu es la mauve !
— Donne-moi ces aromates !

Granet LXIII.

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