Heaven commissioned the swallow ，
To descend and give birth to [the father of our] Shang .
[His descendants] dwelt in the land of Yin ， and became great .
[Then] long ago God appointed the martial Tang ，
To regulate the boundaries throughout the four quarters .
[In those] quarters he appointed the princes ，
And grandly possessed the nine regions [of the kingdom] .
The first sovereign of Shang ，
Received the appointment without any element of instability in it ，
And it is [now] held by the descendant of Wu-ding .
The descendant of Wu-ding ，
Is a martial king ， equal to every emergency .
Ten princes ， [who came] with their dragon-emblazoned banners ，
Bear the large dishes of millet .
The royal domain of a thousand Li ，
Is where the people rest ；
But there commence the boundaries that reach to the four seas .
From the four seas they come [to out sacrifices] ；
They come in multitudes ； ——
King has the He for its outer border .
That Yin should have received the apppointment [of Heaven] was entirely right ； ——
[Its sovereign] sustains all its dignities .