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Shi Jing Introduction Table of content – The Book of Odes

The oldest collection of Chinese poetry, more than three hundred songs, odes and hymns. Tr. Legge (en) and Granet (fr, incomplete).

Section I — Lessons from the states
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15
Chapter 15 — The odes of Bin

154 155 156 157 158 159 160

Shijing I. 15. (158)


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In hewing [the wood for] an axe-handle, how do you proceed ?
Without [another] axe it cannot be done.
In taking a wife, how do you proceed ?
Without a go-between it cannot be done.

In hewing an axe-handle, in hewing an axe-handle,
The pattern is not far off.
I see the lady,
And forthwith the vessels are arranged in rows.

Legge 158

Comment faire un manche de hache ?
sans hache, on n'y réussit pas !
Comment faire pour prendre femme ?
sans marieur, on ne peut pas !

Granet LXV.

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