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The Master discusses with his disciples and unveil his preoccupations with society. Tr. Legge (en), Lau (en) and Couvreur (fr).

Lunyu XIV. 40. (387)

How government was caried on during the three years of silent mourning by the sovereign.
1. Tsze-chang said, "What is meant when the Shû says that Kâo-tsung, while observing the usual imperial mourning, was for three years without speaking?"
2. The Master said, "Why must Kâo-tsung be referred to as an example of this? The ancients all did so. When the sovereign died, the officers all attended to their several duties, taking instructions from the prime minister for three years."

Legge XIV.43.

Tzu-chang said, 'The Book of History says,
Kao Tsung confmed himself to his mourning hut, and for three years
remained silent. What does this mean?'
The Master said, 'There is no need to go to Kao Tsung for an example. This was always so amongst men of antiquity. When the ruler died, all the officials joined together and placed themselves under the prime minister and, for three years, accepted his command.'

Lau [14:40]

Tzeu tchang dit : « Le Livre des Documents rapporte que l'empereur Kao tsoung se retira dans une cabane1 où il demeura sans parler durant trois ans. Que signifie cette cérémonie ? » Le Maître répondit : « Qu'est-il besoin de citer Kao tsoung ? Tous les Anciens faisaient la même chose. Quand un souverain mourait, les officiers remplissaient leurs fonctions sous la direction du Premier ministre pendant trois ans. » La cabane où l'empereur passait les trois années de deuil s'appelait leang in, parce qu'elle était tournée au nord et ne recevait pas les rayons du soleil. (Tchou Hsi)

1. À la mort de son père.

Couvreur XIV.43.

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