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 15 — The odes of Bin

154 155 156 157 158 159 160

Shijing I. 15. (155)

O owl, O owl,
You have taken my young ones ; –
Do not [also] destroy my nest.
With love and with toil,
I nourished them. – I am to be pitied.

Before the sky was dark with rain,
I gathered the roots of the mulberry tree,
And bound round and round my window and door.
Now ye people below,
Dare any of you despise my house ?

With my claws I tore and held.
Through the rushes which I gathered,
And all the materials I collected,
My mouth was all sore ; –
I said to myself, ' I have not yet got my house complete. '

My wings are all-injured ;
My tail is all-broken ;
My house is in a perilous condition ;
It is tossed about in the wind and rain : –
I can but cry out with this note of alarm.

Legge 155

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