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 III — Greater odes of the kingdom
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Chapter 1 — Decade of Wen Wang

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Shijing III. 1. (238)

Abundant is the growth of the yu and the pu,
Supplying firewood ; yea, stores of it.
Elegant and dignified was our prince and king ;
On the right and the left they hastened to him.

Elegant and dignified was our prince and king ;
On his left and his right they bore their half-mace [libation-cups] ; –
They bore their instruments with solemn gravity,
As beseemed such eminent officers.

They rush along, – those boats on the King.
All the rowers labouring at their oars.
The king of Zhou marched on,
Followed by his six hosts.

Vast is that Milky Way,
Making a brilliant figure in the sky.
Long years did the king of Zhou enjoy ; –
Did he not exert an influence upon men ?

Engraved and chiselled are the ornaments ;
Of metal and of jade is their substance.
Ever active was our king,
Giving law and rules to the four quarters [of the kingdom].

Legge 238

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