詩經 Book of Odes - 民勞 MIN LU

  
[ 2006-04-21 18:50:54 pm | Author: Admin ]
民勞 MIN LU

民亦勞止、汔可小康。
惠此中國、以綏四方 。
無縱詭隨、以謹無良。
式遏寇虐、憯不畏明 。
柔遠能邇、以定我王。

民亦勞止、汔可小休。
惠此中國、以為民逑 。
無縱詭隨、以謹惛怓。
式遏寇虐、無俾民憂 。
無棄爾勞、以為王休。

民亦勞止、汔可小息。
惠此京師、以綏四國 。
無縱詭隨、以謹罔極。
式遏寇虐、無俾作慝 。
敬慎威儀、以近有德。

民亦勞止、汔可小愒。
惠此中國、俾民憂泄 。
無縱詭隨、以謹醜厲。
式遏寇虐、無俾正敗 。
戎雖小子、而式弘大。

民亦勞止、汔可小安。
惠此中國、國無有殘 。
無縱詭隨、以謹繾綣。
式遏寇虐、無俾正反 。
王欲玉女、是用大諫。

The people indeed are heavily burdened ,
But perhaps a little ease may be got for them .
Let us cherish this centre of the kingdom ,
To secure the repose of the four quarters of it .
Let us give no indulgence to the wily and obsequious ,
In order to make the unconscientious careful ,
And to repress robbers and oppressors ,
Who have no fear of the clear will [of Heaven] .
Then let us show kindness to those who are distant ,
And help those who are near ; --
Thus establishing [the throne of] our king .

The people indeed are heavily burdened ,
But perhaps a little rest may be got for them .
Let us cherish this centre of the kingdom ,
And make it a gathering-place for the people .
Let us give no indulgence to the wily and obsequious ,
In order to make the noisy braggarts careful ,
And to repress robbers and oppressors ; --
So the people shall not have such sorrow .
Do not cast away your [former] service ,
But secure the quiet of the king .

The people indeed are heavily burdened ,
But perhaps a little relief may be got for them .
Let us cherish this capital ,
To secure the repose of the States in the four quarters .
Let us give no indulgence to the wily and obsequious ,
To make careful those who set no limit to themselves ,
And to repress robbers and oppressors ; --
Not allowing them to act out their evil .
Then let us be reverently careful of our demeanour ,
To cultivate association with the virtuous .

The people indeed are heavily burdened ,
But perhaps a little repose may be got for them .
Let us cherish this centre of the kingdom ,
That the sorrow of the people may be dispelled .
Let us give no indulgence to the wily and obsequious ,
In order to make the multitudes of the evil careful ,
And to repress robbers and oppressors ,
So that the right shall not be over thrown .
Though you may be [but as] little children ,
Your work is vast and great .

The people indeed are heavily burdened ,
But perhaps a little tranquillity may be got for them .
Let us cherish this centre of the kingdom ,
That it may not everywhere suffer such wounds .
Let us give no indulgence to the wily and obsequious ,
In order to make the parasites careful ,
And to repress robbers and oppressors ,
So that the right shall not be reversed .
The king wishes to hold you as [sceptres of] jade ,
And therefore I thus strongly admonish you .

 

  Chinese silk painting, handmade embroidery artwork from Suzhou China




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