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The Book of Songs 詩經

國風‧邶‧雄雉 Lessons from the states - Odes of Bei - Xiong Zhi

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The male pheasant flies away,
Lazily moving his wings.
The man of my heart! -
He has brought on us this separation.


The pheasant has flown away,
But from below, from above, comes his voice.
Ah! the princely man! -
He afflicts my heart.


Look at that sun and moon!
Long, long do I think.
The way is distant;
How can he come to me?


All ye princely men,
Know ye not his virtuous conduct?
He hates none; he covets nothing; -
What does he which is not good?


English translation: James Legge

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