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 5 — The odes of Wei

55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64

Shijing I. 5. (59)

With your long and tapering bamboo rods,
You angle in the Qi.
Do I not think of you ?
But I am far away, and cannot get you.

The Quanyuan is on the left,
And the waters of the Qi are on the right.
But when a young lady goes away, [and is married],
She leaves her brothers and parents.

The waters of the Qi are on the right
And the Quanyuan is on the left.
How shine the white teeth through the artful smiles !
How the girdle gems move to the measured steps !

The waters of the Qi flow smoothly ;
There are the oars of cedar and boats of pine.
Might I but go there in my carriage and ramble,
To dissipate my sorrow !

Legge 59

Les tiges de bambou si fines
c'est pour pêcher dedans la K'i !
A toi comment ne penserais-je ?
mais au loin on ne peut aller !

La source Ts'iuan est à gauche,
à droite la rivière K'i !
Pour se marier une fille
laisse au loin frères et parents !

La rivière K'i est à droite,
à gauche la source Ts'iuan !
Les dents se montrent dans le rire !...
Les breloques tintent en marchant !...

La rivière K'i coule ! coule !
rames de cèdre !... barques en pin !...
En char je sors et me promène,
c'est pour dissiper mon chagrin !...

Granet XLV.

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