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The Book of Songs 詩經

小雅‧魚藻之什‧苕之華 Minor odes of the kingdom - Yu Zao Zhi Shen - Tiao Zhi Hua

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The flowers of the bignonia,
Are of a deep yellow.
My heart is sad;
I feel its wound.


The flowers of the bignonia [are gone],
[There are only] its leaves all-green.
If I had known it would be thus with me,
I had better not have been born.


The ewes have large heads;
The Three stars are [seen] in the fish-trap.
If some men can get enough to eat,
Few can get their fill.


English translation: James Legge

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