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Book II. The Odes of Shao and the South


The Ch‘iao Ch‘ao; allusive: Celebrating the marriage of a princess to the prince of another state.

1      In the magpie's nest
      Dwells the dove at rest.
This young bride goes to her future home;
To meet her a hundred chariots come.

2      Of the magpie's nest
      Is the dove possest.
This bride goes to her new home to live;
And escort a hundred chariots give. p. 12

3      The nest magpie wove
      Now filled by the dove.
This bride now takes to her home her way;
And this numerous cars her state display.

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