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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
1 2 3 4 5
Chapter 4 — | | Praise-songs of Lu

297 298 299 300

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Fat and strong, fat and strong,
Fat and strong, are the chestnut teams.
Early and late are the [officers] in the court,
In the court, discriminating and intelligent.
[They are as] a flock of egrets on the wing,
Of egrets anon lighting on the ground.
The drums emit their deep sound ;
They drink to the full and then dance ; –
Thus rejoicing together.

Fat and strong, fat and strong,
Fat and strong are the teams of stallions.
Early and late are the [officers] with the prince,
With the prince drinking.
[They are as] a flock of egrets on the wing,
Of egrets flying about.
The drums emit their deep sound ;
They drink to the full and then return home ; –
Thus rejoicing together.

Fat and strong, fat and strong,
Fat and strong are the teams of iron-greys.
Early and late are the [officers] with the prince,
With the prince feasting.
'From this time forth,
May the years be abundant.
May our prince maintain his goodness,
And transmit it to his descendants ! ' –
Thus they rejoice together.

Legge 298

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