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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 or Kirin 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 as well.

With such background, this poem is quite straightforward and simple, a chant for Zhou lords, chant for royal blood. 趾=feet, 定 could be bottom.

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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