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The Book of Songs 《詩經》

國風‧豳‧伐柯 Lessons from the states - Odes of Cao - Fa Ke

毛詩:「《伐柯》,周公大夫朝廷。」


伐柯
伐柯如何如何不得

In hewing [the wood for] an axe-handle, how do you proceed?
Without [another] axe it cannot be done.
In taking a wife, how do you proceed?
Without a go-between it cannot be done.

伐柯伐柯

In hewing an axe-handle, in hewing an axe-handle,
The pattern is not far off.
I see the lady,
And forthwith the vessels are arranged in rows.

伐柯》,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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