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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 II — p Minor odes of the kingdom
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Chapter 8 — H h Decade of Du Ren Shi

225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234

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In the low, wet grounds, the mulberry trees are beautiful,
And their leaves are luxuriant.
When I see the princely men,
How great is the pleasure !

In the low, wet grounds, the mulberry trees are beautiful,
And their leaves are glossy.
When I see the princely men,
How can I be other than glad ?

In the low, wet grounds, the mulberry trees are beautiful,
And their leaves are dark.
When I see the princely men,
Their virtuous fame draws them close [to my heart].

In my heart I love them,
And why should I not say so ?
In the core of my heart I keep them,
And never will forget them.

Legge 228

Les mûriers du val, quelle force !
leur feuillage, quelle beauté !
Sitôt que je vois mon seigneur,
ma joie, quelle n'est-elle pas !

Les mûriers du val, quelle force !
leur feuillage, quelle douceur !
Sitôt que je vois mon seigneur,
allons ! quelle n'est pas ma joie !

Les mûriers du val, quelle force !
leur feuillage, quel vert profond !
Sitôt que je vois mon seigneur,
son prestige, qu'il agit fort !

Celui donc que dans mon cœur j'aime,
est-il trop loin pour y songer ?
Lui, que du fond du cœur j'estime,
lui, quand pourrais-je l'oublier ?

Granet III.

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