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Chinese poem illustration: 大雅 緜/ Daya – Endless Thread by Anonymous

大雅 緜 part1

The 3rd poem in Daya(大雅), an classic epic poem about the true founder of Zhou dynasty: Father Dan(亶父). He is the father of the first King, established the cornerstone of Zhou dynasty. since Father Dan, Zhou(周) was recognized not as a tribe anymore, but a state, a culture. The background story is briefed followed with illustration of 1st till 4th paragraph.

The phase 周原膴膴,堇荼如飴(weed tastes sweet) is further analysed and comapared toward the Israeli idiom: a land flowing with milk and honey, BTW, I have been to both places.

大雅 緜 part2

Part2 illustrate 5th till 9th paragraph. The vidid description of a constraction field, the building of new town, the snapshot of the brilliant new palace not only refelcted the joy and happiness of Zhou poeple, but also an emerging state, a new start.

The weird 9th paragraph is analysed with my own argument that it could be a mismatch bamboo stripe(竹简).

大雅 緜
佚名

緜緜瓜瓞。民之初生,自土沮漆。
古公亶父,陶复陶穴,未有家室。

古公亶父,来朝走马。
率西水浒,至于岐下。
爰及姜女,聿来胥宇

周原膴膴,堇荼如饴。
爰始爰谋,爰契我龟,曰止曰时,筑室于兹。

廼慰廼止,廼左廼右,廼疆廼理,廼宣廼亩。
自西徂东,周爰执事。

乃召司空,乃召司徒,俾立室家。
其绳则直,缩版以载,作庙翼翼。

捄之陾陾,度之薨薨,筑之登登,削屡冯冯。
百堵皆兴,鼛鼓弗胜。

廼立皋门,皋门有伉。
廼立应门,应门将将。
廼立冢土,戎丑攸行。

肆不殄厥愠,亦不陨厥问。
柞棫拔矣,行道兑矣。
混夷駾矣,维其喙矣!

虞芮质厥成,文王蹶厥生。
予曰有疏附,予曰有先后。
予曰有奔奏,予曰有御侮!

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