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Chinese poem illustration: 小雅 桑扈/ Xiaoya – Mulberry Tree and Door by Anonymous

小雅 桑扈

A typical Shijing poem about a happy dinner and praying for fortune, where the details aroused many arguments only becuase the arbitory explanation to a few characters in this poem.

In the introduction part, the title 桑(mulberry)扈(door) is explored in detail, especially the signaficance of mulberry forrest(桑林): a place to offer sacrifice to heaven, a place later became the routine place of making love.

小雅 桑扈
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交交桑扈,有莺其羽。
君子乐胥,受天之祜。

交交桑扈,有莺其领。
君子乐胥,万邦之屏。

之屏之翰,百辟为宪。
不戢不难,受福不那。

兕觥其觩,旨酒思柔。
彼交匪敖,万福来求。

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