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三字经 as translated by Herbert Giles in 1910


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Some 30 plus years ago, I came across this translation in a book with the title "Trimetric Classic." I copied it down by hand--hey, photocopies were 25 cent US a page, 1969 dollars. Decades later, I was asked by some Net friends to put it up as a web page, which I did. So if you are interested, here is the URL:


Before you jump for joy, I must tell you there are mistakes in that script. I copied down the script in a hurry and was unable to decipher part of it years later. I also made some mistakes when I made that into a web page. That turned out to be useful since many "reprints" found on the Web, with some of the reprinters claiming authorship by calling their post an "original", have the same mistakes in them.

I searched on-line libraries and found that Harvard University has a copy. I am sure some large libraries in the world would have one too.

Two years ago, I received an email from a professor at depauw university who showed me his new translation. Unfortunately, his web page had shut down, and I did not retain a copy.

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