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Chinese poem illustration: 小雅 庭燎/ Xiaoya – Bonfire in Yard by Anonymous

小雅 庭燎

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Not yet, not yet midnight(夜未央), a word of mystery, eagerness, enthuthiasm became the royal palace name(未央宫) in Han dynasty, it also became a lucky words(长乐未央, the two palaces name in Han dynasty) of Han. The huge 20 meters high foundation, the relic of Weiyang palace(未央宫)still stands in the west suburd off Xi’an city today.

A new decipherment is put forward due to the modern history study, this poem is about a grand celebrating ceremony of a big military victory rather then the routine royal court life.

小雅 庭燎
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夜如何其?夜未央,庭燎之光。
君子至止,鸾声将将。

夜如何其?夜未艾,庭燎晣晣。
君子至止,鸾声哕哕。

夜如何其?夜乡晨,庭燎有辉。
君子至止,言观其旂。

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