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《殷武 - Yin Wu》

English translation: James Legge [?]
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1 殷武:
Yin Wu:
Rapid was the warlike energy of [our king of] Yin,
And vigorously did he attack Jing-Chu.
Boldly he entered its dangerous passes,
And brought the multitudes of Jing together,
Till the country was reduced under complete restraint:
Such was the fitting achievement of the descendant of Tang.

2 殷武:
Yin Wu:
'Ye people, ' [he said], ' of Jing-chu,
Dwell in the southern part of my kingdom.
Formerly, in the time of Tang the Successful,
Even from the Jiang of Di,
They dared not but come with their offerings;
[Their chiefs] dared not but come to seek acknowledgment:
Such is the regular rule of Shang. '

3 殷武:
Yin Wu:
Heaven has given their appointments [to the princes],
But where their capitals had been assigned within the sphere of the labours of Yu,
For the business of every year, they appeared before our king,
[Saying], ' Do not punish nor reprove us;
We have not been remiss in our husbandry. '

4 殷武:
Yin Wu:
When Heaven by its will is inspecting [the kingdom],
The lower people are to be feared.
[Our king] showed no partiality [in rewarding], no excess [in punishing];
He dared not to allow himself in indolence:
So was his appointment [established] over the States,
And he made his happiness grandly secure.

5 殷武:
Yin Wu:
The capital of Shang was full of order,
The model for all parts of the kingdom,
Glorious was his fame;
Brilliant, his energy.
Long lived he and enjoyed tranquillity,
And so he preserves us, his descendants.

6 殷武:
Yin Wu:
We ascended the hill of Jing,
Where the pines and cypresses grew symmetrical.
We cut them down, and conveyed them here;
We reverently hewed them square.
Long are the projecting beams of pine;
Large are the many pillars.
The temple was completed, - the tranquil abode [of his tablet].

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