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The Book of Songs 詩經

大雅‧文王之什‧旱麓 Greater odes of the kingdom - Decade Of Wen Wang - Han Lu

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Look at the foot of the Han,
How abundantly grow the hazel and the arrow-thorn!
Easy and self-possessed was our prince,
In his pursuit of dignity [still] easy and self-possessed!


Massive is that libation-cup of jade,
With the yellow liquid [sparkling] in it.
Easy and self-possessed was our prince,
The fit recipient of blessing and dignity.


The hawk flies up to heaven;
The fishes leap in the deep.
Easy and self-possessed was our-prince; -
Did he not exert an influence upon men?


His clear spirits are in vessel;
His red bull is ready; -
To offer, to sacrifice,
To increase his bright happiness.


Thick grow the oaks and the yu,
Which the people use for fuel.
Easy and self-possessed was our prince,
Cheered and encouraged by the Spirits.


Luxuriant are the dolichos and other creepers,
Clinging to the branches and stems,
Easy and self-possessed was our prince,
Seeking for happiness by no crooked ways.


English translation: James Legge

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