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《召旻 - Shao Min》

English translation: James Legge [?]
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1 召旻:
Shao Min:
Compassionate Heaven is arrayed in angry terrors;
Heaven is indeed sending down ruin,
Afflicting us with famine,
So that the people are all wandering fugitives; -
In the settled regions and on the borders all is desolation.

2 召旻:
Shao Min:
Heaven sends down its net of crime; -
Devouring insects, who weary and confuse men's minds,
Ignorant, oppressive, neglient,
Breeders of confusion, utterly perverse:
These are the men employed to tranquilize our country.

3 召旻:
Shao Min:
Insolent and slanderous, -
[The king] does not know a flaw in them.
We, careful and feeling in peril,
For long in unrest,
Are constantly subjected to degradation.

4 召旻:
Shao Min:
As in a year of drought,
The grass not attaining to luxuriance;
As water plants attached to a tree;
So do I see in this country,
All going to confusion.

5 召旻:
Shao Min:
The wealth of former days,,
Was not like our present condition.
The distress of the present,
Did not previously reach this degree.
Those are [like] coarse rice, these are [like] fine; -
Why do you not retire of yourselves,
But prolong my anxious sorrow?

6 召旻:
Shao Min:
A pool becomes dry, -
Is it not because no water comes to it from its banks?
A spring becomes dry, -
Is it not because no water rises in it from itself?
Great is the injury [all about].
So that my anxious sorrow is increased.
Will not calamity light on my person?

7 召旻:
Shao Min:
Formerly when the former kings received their appointment,
There were such ministers as the duke of Shao,
Who would in a day enlarge the kingdom a hundred li;
Now it is contracted in a day a hundred li.
Oh! Alas!
Among the men of the present day,
Are there not still some with the old virtue?

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