The Third Decade, or that of the Little Child

ODE 1. Little Child



Appropriate to the young king khang, declaring his sentiments in the temple of his father

Alas for me, who am a little child, 
On whom has devolved the unsettled state! 
Solitary am I and full of distress. 
Oh! my great Father, 
All thy life long, thou wast filial.
Thou didst think of my great grandfather, 
(Seeing him, as it were) ascending and descending in the court, 
I, the little child, 
Day and night will be as reverent.
Oh! ye great kings,
As your successor,
I will strive not to forget you.