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 7 — The odes of Zheng

75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95

Shijing I. 7. (82)

Says the wife, ' It is cock-crow ; '
Says the husband, ' It is grey dawn. '
' Rise, Sir, and look at the night, – '
If the morning star be not shining.
Bestir yourself, and move about,
To shoot the wild ducks and geese.

When your arrows and line have found them,
I will dress them fitly for you.
When they are dressed, we will drink [together over them],
And I will hope to grow old with you.
Your lute in your hands,
Will emits its quiet pleasant tones.

When I know those whose acquaintance you wish,
I will give them off the ornaments of my girdle.
When I know those with whom you are cordial,
I will send to them of the ornaments of my girdle.
When I know those whom you love,
I will repay their friendship from the ornaments of my girdle.

Legge 82

— Le coq a chanté ! dit la fille,
— Le jour paraît ! dit 1e garçon,
— Lève-toi ! Regarde la nuit !
Est-il des étoiles qui brillent ?
Vite, va-t'en ! Vite, va-t'en !
Chasser canards et oies sauvages !

Si tu en tues, je les prépare
Pour faire un repas avec toi !
Au repas nous boirons du vin !
Puissé-je vieillir avec toi !
Près de nous sont luths et guitares !
Tout rend paisible notre amour !

Si j'étais sûre de ta venue,
Mes breloques je te donnerais !
Si j'étais sûre de ta faveur,
Mes breloques je t'enverrais !
Si j'étais sûre de ton amour,
Mes breloques te le paieraient !

Granet XLII.

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