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Three-Character Classic: A Confucian Roadmap for Kids

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Paragraph 5: Exhortations

Original Translation Commentary
1


The dog guards the night;
the rooster proclaims the dawn.
If, negligently, you do not study,
how can you become people?
 
2


The silkworm produces silk,
the bee makes honey.
If one does not study,
what is the use of being human?
 
3


When young, study;
when grown up, perform.
Influence the sovereign above,
benefit the people below.
 
4


Make a name for yourselves;
honor you father and mother.
Shine light on your ancestors,
bring prosperity to your descendants.
 
5
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People bequeath to their children
chests full gold.
I teach children,
only one classic.
 
6


Diligence has merit;
play has no advantage.
Guard against it;
exert your strength.

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