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. (242)

When he planned the commencement of the marvellous tower,
He planned it, and defined it ;
And the people in crowds undertook the work,
And in no time completed it.
When he planned the commencement, [he said], ' Be not in a hurry ; '
But the people came as if they were his children.

The king was in the marvellous park,
Where the does were lying down, –
The does, so sleek and fat ;
With the white birds glistening.
The king was by the marvellous pond ; –
How full was it of fishes leaping about !

On his posts was the toothed face-board, high and strong,
With the large drums and bells.
In what unison were their sounds !
What joy was there in the hall with its circlet of water !

In what unison sounded the drums and bells !
What joy was there in the hall with its circlet of water !
The lizard-skin drums rolled harmonious,
As the blind musicians performed their parts.

Legge 242

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