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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 4 — The odes of Yong

45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54

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The husband's to their old age,
In her headdress, and the cross-pins, with their six jewels ;
Easy and elegant in her movements ;
[Stately] as a mountain, [majestic]as a river,
Well beseeming her pictured robes : –
[But] with your want of virtue, O lady,
What have you to do with these things ?

How rich and splendid
Is her pleasant-figured robe !
Her black hair in masses like clouds,
No false locks does she descend to.
There are her ear-plugs of jade,
Her comb-pin of ivory,
And her high forehead, so white.
She appears like a visitant from heaven !
She appears like a goddess !

How rich and splendid
Is her robe of state !
It is worn over the finest muslin of dolichos,
The more cumbrous and warm garment being removed.
Clear are her eyes ; fine is her forehead ;
Full are her temples.
Ah ! such a woman as this !
The beauty of the country !

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