The oldest collection of Chinese poetry, more than three hundred songs, odes and hymns. Tr. Legge (en) and Granet (fr, incomplete).
Look at a rat, – it has its skin ;
But a man should be without dignity of demeanour.
If a man have no dignity of demeanour,
What should he but die ?
Look at a rat, – it has its teeth ;
But a man shall be without any right deportment.
If a man have not right deportment,
What should he wait for but death ?
Look at a rat, – it has its limbs ;
But a man shall be without any rules of propriety.
If a man observe no rules of propriety,
Why does he not quickly die ?
The Book of Odes – Shi Jing I. 4. (52) – Chinese on/off – Français/English
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