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 3 — The odes of Bei

26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44

Shijing I. 3. (42)

How lovely is the retiring girl !
She was to await me at a corner of the wall.
Loving and not seeing her,
I scratch my head, and am in perplexity.

How handsome is the retiring girl !
She presented to me a red tube.
Bright is the red tube ; –
I delight in the beauty of the girl.

From the pasture lands she gave a shoet of the white grass,
Truly elegant and rare.
It is not you, O grass, that are elegant ; –
You are the gift of an elegant girl.

Legge 42

La Vierge sage, que de grâce !
elle m'attend au coin des murs,
Je l'aime, et, si je ne la vois,
je me gratte la tête, éperdu...

La Vierge sage, que de charme !
elle me donne un tube rouge !
Le tube rouge a de l'éclat :
la beauté de la fille enchante !

Plante qui viens des pâturages,
vraiment belle en ta rareté,
Non, ce n'est pas toi qui es belle :
tu es le don d'une beauté !

Granet XXXIX.

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