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The Book of Songs 詩經

國風‧齊‧雞鳴 Lessons from the states - Odes of Qi - Ji Ming

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' The cock has crowed;
The court is full. '
But it was not the cock that was crowing; -
It was the sound of the blue flies.


' The east is bright;
The court is crowded. '
But it was not the east that was bright; -
It was the light of the moon coming forth.

' The insects are flying in buzzing crowds;
It would be sweet to lie by you and dream. '
But the assembled officers will be going home; -
Let them not hate both me and you. '


English translation: James Legge

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