Jades from the Rhyme Repository: 20 Juan


Yun fu qun yu (Jades from the rhyme repository) is the earliest existing Chinese work on rhyme. It was compiled by Yin Shifu of the late Song and early Yuan dynasties and annotated by Yin Zhongfu. Yin Shifu (dates of his birth and death are unknown), also called Youyu or Shiyu, courtesy name Shifu, was a native of Fengxin, Jiangxi. This work has 20 juan and is divided into 119 sections. The entry for each word gives its pronunciation, meaning, and origin. The arrangement of the text is in the order of four branches, namely, the classics, history, philosophy, and literature. The quotations include rhymes, rhyming formulas, hexagram names, prose, poetry, reign names, names of eras, geography, personal names, family names, trees and grasses, animals and birds, fish, insects, names of songs, musical tunes, and so forth. However, only titles of books are cited, not sections, and poems are quoted without giving the title, so it is not easy to check the original text. Si ku quan shu zong mu ti yao (Summary of the general catalog of the imperial Siku collection) states that “No rhyme books of the Yuan dynasty are circulating now. This is the earliest existing edition. Rhymes that have been circulating all originate from this work.” Presented here are the prefaces, editorial guide, table of contents, and juan 1‒12.

Last updated: August 31, 2017