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The Book of Songs 詩經

大雅‧文王之什‧思齊 Greater odes of the kingdom - Decade Of Wen Wang - Si Zhai

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Pure and reverent was Da-ren,
The mother of king Wen;
Loving was she to Zhou Jiang; -
A wife becoming the House of Zhou.
Da-si inherited her excellent fame,
And from her came a hundred sons.


He conformed to the example of his ancestors,
And their Spirits had no occasion for complaint.
Their Spirits had no occasion for dissatisfaction,
And his example acted on his wife,
Extended to his brethren,
And was felt by all the clans and States.


Full of harmony was he in his palace;
Full of reverence in the ancestral temple.
Out of sight he still felt as under inspection;
Unweariedly he maintained [his virtue].

Though he could not prevent [some] great calamities,
His brightness and magnanimity were without stain.
Without previous instruction he did what was right;
Without admonition, he went on [in the path of goodness].


So, grown up men became virtuous [through him],
And young men made [constant] attainments.
[Our] ancient prince never felt weariness,
And from him were the fame and eminence of his officers.


English translation: James Legge

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