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Chinese poem illustration: 周南 麟之趾/ Zhou Wind – Feet of Qilin by Anonymous

周南 麟之趾

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Qilin is in the first place of the Four Divine Beast(麟、凤、龟、龙), outstanding for its mercy and kindness. It was also treated as the ancestor of Zhou people, the origin of their royal blood. The story about Confucius seeing the dead Qilin(西狩获麟) is illustrated.

With such background, this poem is quite straightforward and simple, a praising chant for Zhou people, chant for royal blood. A bit pity we lost the musical part but only the simple lyrics.

周南 麟之趾
佚名

麟之趾,
振振公子,
于嗟麟兮。

麟之定,
振振公姓,
于嗟麟兮。

麟之角,
振振公族,
于嗟麟兮。

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