Rapid was the warlike energy of [our king of] Yin ，
And vigorously did he attack Jing-Chu .
Boldly he entered its dangerous passes ，
And brought the multitudes of King together ，
Till the country was reduced under complete restraint ： ——
Such was the fitting achievement of the descendant of Tang .
Ye people ， [he said] ， of Jing-chu ，
Dwell in the southern part of my kingdom .
Formerly ， in the time of Tang the Successful ，
Even from the Jiang of Di ，
They dared not but come with their offerings ；
[Their chiefs] dared not but come to seek acknowledgment ： —— Such is the regular rule of Shang . '
Heaven has given their appointments [to the princes] ，
But where their capitals had been assigned within the sphere of the labours of Y u ，
For the business of every year ， they appeared before our king ，
[Saying] ， ' Do not punish nor reprove us ；
We have not been remiss in our husbandry . '
When Heaven by its will is inspecting [the kingdom] ，
The lower people are to be feared .
[Our king] showed no partiality [in rewarding] ， no excess [in punishing] ；
He dared not to allow himself in indolence ： ——
So was his appointment [established] over the States ，
And he made his happiness grandly secure .
The capital of Shang was full of order ，
The model for all parts of the kingdom ，
Glorious was his fame ；
Brilliant ， his energy .
Long lived he and enjoyed tranquillity ，
And so he preserves us ， his descendants .
We ascended the hill of King ，
Where the pines and cypresses grew symmetrical .
We cut them down ， and conveyed them here ；
We reverently hewed them square .
Long are the projecting beams of pine ；
Large are the many pillars .
The temple was completed ， —— the tranquil abode [of his tablet] .