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Brent Kesler ( [KLI Member]

Hello all,

I've tried to translate a famous passage from "The Great Learning" by
Confucius. I have a translation that I'm happy with, so now I offer it
here for comment and criticism.



wo'Daq batlh ngaqmeH joH, SepDaj che'chu'.
SepDaj che'laHpa', tuqDaj DevnIStaH.
tuqDaj DevlaHpa', ghobDaj QorghnIStaH.
ghobDaj QorghlaHpa', tIqDaj qeqnIStaH.
tIqDaj qeqlaHpa', yabDaq vItnIStaH.
yabDaq vItlaHpa', vaj reH ghojchu'taH.
ghojchu'meH joHvam, Dochmey HaD 'ej wam.

Dochmey jonta'mo', vaj ghojchu'taH joH.
'ej ghIq ghojta'mo', yabDaq vItlaH joH.
yabDaq vItta'mo', tIqDaj qeqlaH joH.
tIqDaj qeqta'mo', ghobDaj QorghlaH joH.
ghobDaj Qorghta'mo', tuqDaj DevlaH joH.
tuqDaj Devta'mo', SepDaj che'laH joH.
SepDaj che'chu'mo', vaj batlh SachtaH wo'.

yajnIS Hoch, voDleHma' rewbe'mey je:
mIw'a' pabtaH qo', ghob'a' Qorghlu'mo'.


The ancients who wished to illustrate illustrious virtue throughout
the world, first ordered well their own States.
Wishing to order well their States, they first regulated their families.
Wishing to regulate their families, they first cultivated their persons.
Wishing to cultivate their persons, they first rectified their hearts.
Wishing to rectify their hearts, they first sought to be sincere in
their thoughts.
Wishing to be sincere in their thoughts, they first extended to the
utmost of their knowledge.
Such extension of knowledge lay in the investigation of things.

Things being investigated, knowledge became complete.
Their knowledge being complete, their thoughts were sincere.
Their thoughts being sincere, their hearts were then rectified.
Their hearts being rectified, their persons were cultivated.
Their persons being cultivated, their families were regulated.
Their families being regulated, their States were rightly governed.
Their States being rightly governed, the entire world was at peace.

>From the Son of Heaven down to the mass of the people, all must
consider the cultivation of the person the root of everything besides.

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