According to the Preface, there is an announcement here of the realization of complete peace throughout the kingdom, and some of the old critics refer the ode to a sacrifice to king Wăn by the duke of Kâu, when he had completed the statutes for the new dynasty. But there is nothing to authorize a more definite argument of the contents than I have given.
The ordinances of Heaven,--How deep are they and unintermitting! And oh! how illustrious Was the singleness of the virtue of king Wăn 3!
How does he (now) show his kindness? We will receive it, Striving to be in accord with him, our}
king Wăn; And may his remotest descendant be abundantly the same!
314:3 See what Ȝze-sze says on these four lines in the Doctrine of the Mean, XXVI, par. 10.