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乐记 - Yue Ji

English translation: James Legge [?]
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[Also known as: "Record of music"]

20 乐记:
化不时则不生,男女无辨则乱升;天地之情也。及夫礼乐之极乎天而蟠乎地,行乎阴阳而通乎鬼神;穷高极远而测深厚。乐著大始,而礼居成物。著不息者天也,著不动者地也。一动一静者天地之间也。故圣人曰礼乐云。
Yue Ji:
If these processes took place out of season, there would be no (vigorous) life; and if no distinction were observed between males and females, disorder would arise and grow - such is the nature of the (different qualities of) heaven and earth. When we think of ceremonies and music, how they reach to the height of heaven and embrace the earth; how there are in them the phenomena of retrogression and expansion, and a communication with the spirit-like (operations of nature), we must pronounce their height the highest, their reach the farthest, their depth the most profound, and their breadth the greatest. Music appeared in the Grand Beginning (of all things), and ceremonies had their place on the completion of them. Their manifestation, being ceaseless, gives (the idea of) heaven; and again, being motionless, gives (the idea of) earth. Through the movement and repose (of their interaction) come all things between heaven and earth. Hence the sages simply spoke of ceremonies and music.

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