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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Chapter 8 — Decade of Du Ren Shi

225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234

Shijing II. 8. (225)

Those officers of the [old] capital,
With their fox-furs so yellow,
Their deportment unvaryingly [correct],
And their speech full of elegance ! –
If we could go back to [the old] Zhou,
They would be admiringly looked up by all the people.

Those officers of the [old] capital,
With their hats of Tai leaves and small black caps ! –
Those ladies of noble Houses.
With their hair so thick and straight ! –
I do not see them [now],
And my heart is dissatisfied.

Those officers of the [old] capital,
With their ear-plugs of xiu-stones ! –
Those ladies of noble Houses,
Each fit to be called a Yin or a Ji ! –
I do not see them [now],
And my heart grieves with indissoluble sorrow.

Those officers of the [old] capital,
With their girdles hanging elegantly down ! –
Those ladies of great Houses,
With their [side] hair curving up like a scorpion's tail ! –
I do not see them [now],
[If I could], I would walk along after them.

Not that they purposely let their girdles hang down ; –
The girdles were naturally long.
Not that they gave their hair that curve ; –
The hair had a natural curl.
I do not see them [now],
And how do I long for them !

Legge 225

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