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The Shih King

From the Sacred Books of the East, vol. 3

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Author: James Legge
Published: 1879
Language: English
Wordcount: 54,130 / 164 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 75.1
LoC Category: BL
Downloads: 1,596
mnybks.net#: 4322
Genres: Religion, Philosophy
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ode assigned to the time of king Y, B.C. 78, to 771, we. have the words,

'They sing the Y and the Nan, Dancing to their flutes without error.'

So early, therefore, as the eighth century B.C. there was a collection of poems, of which some bore the name of the Nan, which there is much reason to suppose were the Ku Nan and the Sho Nan, forming the first two Books of the first Part of the present Shih; and of which others bore the name of the Y, being, probably, the earlier pieces that now compose a large portion of the second and third Parts.

Third. In the narratives of Zo Khi-ming, under the twenty-ninth year of duke Hsiang, B.C. 544, when Confucius was only seven or eight years old, we have an account of a visit to the court of L by an envoy from W, an eminent statesman of the time, and a man of great learning. We are told that as he wished to hear the music of Ku, which he could do better in L than in any other

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