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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 IV — | Odes of the temple and the Altar
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Chapter 1 — P | M q Sacrificial odes of Zhou, decade of Qing Miao

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Ye, brilliant and accomplished princess,
Have conferred on me this happiness.
Your favours to me are without limit,
And my descendants will preserve [the fruits of] them.
Be not mercenary nor extravagant in your States,
And the king will honour you.
Thinking of this great service,
He will enlarge the dignity of your successors.
What is most powerful is the being the man ; –
Its influence will be felt throughout your States.
What is most distinguished is being virtuous ; –
It will secure the imitation of all the princes.
Ah ! the former kings are not forgotten !

Legge 269

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