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The Book of Songs 詩經

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

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Oh! powerful was the king's army;
But he nursed it in obedience to circumstances while the time was yet dark.
When the time was clearly bright,
He thereupon donned his grand armour.
We have been favoured to receive,
What the martial king accomplished.
To deal aright with what we have inherited,
We have to be sincere imitators of thy course, [O king].


English translation: James Legge

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