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The Book of Songs 詩經

國風‧檜‧素冠 Lessons from the states - Odes of Gui - Su Guan

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If I could but see the white cap,
And the earnest mourner worn to leanness! -
My toiled heart is worn with grief!


f I could but see the white [lower] dress! -
My heart is wounded with sadness!
I should be inclined to go and live with the wearer!


If I could but see the white knee-covers! -
Sorrow is knotted in my heart!
I should almost feel as of one soul with the wearer!


English translation: James Legge

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