三字经 [Three-Character Classic] (SA)
三字经 (sān zì jīng), translated as Three-Character Classic, is an important text in Classical Chinese literature. It was written in the thirteenth century and usually attributed to Wang Yinglin (1223-1296), a renowned Confucian scholar.
This ancient text has been given a new lease of life with this jazzy and exuberant modern interpretation – a happy marriage of East and West. The complete text consists of five paragraphs, each containing 50 or more couplets. This setting is taken from paragraph 1, which states the basic belief in the inherent goodness of mankind, the importance of education, filial piety, and of family and social relationships.