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禮記 - Liji

[Warring States (475 BC - 221 BC)]
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[Also known as: 《小戴禮記》, "The Classic of Rites"]

樂記 - Yue Ji

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

2 樂記:
樂者,音之所由生也;其本在人心之感於物也。是故其哀心感者,其聲噍以殺。其樂心感者,其聲嘽以緩。其喜心感者,其聲發以散。其怒心感者,其聲粗以厲。其敬心感者,其聲直以廉。其愛心感者,其聲和以柔。六者,非性也,感於物而後動。是故先王慎所以感之者。故禮以道其志,樂以和其聲,政以一其行,刑以防其奸。禮樂刑政,其極一也;所以同民心而出治道也。
Yue Ji:
Music is (thus) the production of the modulations of the voice, and its source is in the affections of the mind as it is influenced by (external) things. When the mind is moved to sorrow, the sound is sharp and fading away; when it is moved to pleasure, the sound is slow and gentle; when it is moved to joy, the sound is exclamatory and soon disappears; when it is moved to anger, the sound is coarse and fierce; when it is moved to reverence, the sound is straightforward, with an indication of humility; when it is moved to love, the sound is harmonious and soft. These six peculiarities of sound are not natural'; they indicate the impressions produced by (external) things. On this account the ancient kings were watchful in regard to the things by which the mind was affected. And so (they instituted) ceremonies to direct men's aims aright; music to give harmony to their voices; laws to unify their conduct; and punishments to guard against their tendencies to evil. The end to which ceremonies, music, punishments, and laws conduct is one; they are the instruments by which the minds of the people are assimilated, and good order in government is made to appear.

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