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Chinese poem illustration: 周南 樛木/ Zhou Wind – Jiu Wood by Anonymous

周南 樛木

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Zhou dynasty is by bloodline and affinity. The building block of the dynasty is lord(君 or 君子) who was with a piece of land, like the King who claimed the whole country as the ultimate lord , like the state lord, or the even junior lord under the state lord. The poem/song is a blessing song to these lord.

Jiu wood(樛木) is considered as an unknown huge wood with its branches stretching downward. Another possibility is that it does not refer to a dedicate wood but a wood with vines surrounded and covered.

Like a simple folk song at the first glance, but very sophisticated writing showed when dig into the wording. Metaphor and loan words were employed, make this beautiful anthem full of folkloric, meaningful content with goodwill and blessing.

周南 樛木
佚名

南有樛木,葛藟累之。
乐只君子,福履绥之。

南有樛木,葛藟荒之。
乐只君子,福履将之。

南有樛木,葛藟萦之。
乐只君子,福履成之。

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