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The Book of Songs 《詩經》

國風‧鄘‧相鼠 Lessons from the states - Odes of Yong - Xiang Shu

毛詩:「《》,無禮文公在位無禮。」





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?

無禮無禮

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?

》,四句


本作品在全世界都属于公有领域,因为作者逝世已经超过100,并且于192311日之前出版。
English translation: James Legge

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