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召南 羔羊

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A poem about the ministers of Zhou dynasty who were on their way back home, after their daily service on the royal court(朝廷), namely center government office today.

It is a quite simple poem, but still aroused many arguments through the Chinese history, is it a praising poem or a blaming one?

The word 委蛇委蛇, which is written as 逶迤 today was reasoned and explained. Two meanings of 公 are discussed.

The scenic view of Tai Tam bay in Hong Kong was filmed at the beginning and end of this video.

召南 羔羊
佚名

羔羊之皮,素丝五紽。
退食自公,委蛇委蛇。

羔羊之革,素丝五緎。
委蛇委蛇,自公退食。

羔羊之缝,素丝五总。
委蛇委蛇,退食自公。

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