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The Book of Songs 詩經

國風‧陳‧東門之枌 Lessons from the states - Odes of Chen - Dong Men Zhi Fen

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[There are] the white elms at the east gate.
And the oaks on Wanqiu;
The daughter of Zizhong,
Dances about under them.


A good morning having been chosen,
For the plain in the South,
She leaves twisting her hemp,
And dances to it through the market-place.

The morning being good for excursion,
They all proceed together.
'I look on you as the flower of the thorny mallows;
You give me a stalk of the pepper plant.


English translation: James Legge

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