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The Book of Songs 詩經

周頌‧閔予小子之什‧小毖 Sacrificial odes of Zhou - Decade Of Min Yu Xiao Zi - Xiao Bi

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I condemn myself [for the past], and will be on my guard against future calamity.
I will have nothing to do with a wasp,
To seek for myself its painful sting.
At first, indeed, the thing seemed but a wren,
But it took wing and became a [large] bird.
I am unequal to the many difficulties of the kingdom;
And I am placed in the midst of bitter experiences.


English translation: James Legge

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