(Translation) 2019 石珍斷指
|Translator(s)||Participants of 2019 JSG Summer Hanmun Workshop (Intermediate Training Group)|
Student Translation : Stella
Yu Sŏkchin was a clerk in Kosan County. His father, Ch'ŏnŭl, had a horrible disease. Every day, he would seize; when he did, he would faint. People could not bear to watch [his suffering]. Day and night, Sŏkchin tended to his father by his side without rest, crying out and weeping toward the heavens. Broadly, he sought out treatment and medicine; [one day, he came across] a person who said that if he took the bones of a living person, mixed it with blood, and drank it, he could be cured. Sŏkchin immediately cut off the fourth finger on his left hand, and proceeded in accordance to the person's words. His father's illness immediately healed.
The father suffered deeply from a chronic illness that did not heal for a long time. The son, sorrowful in his heart, cried out to the blue heavens.
Who knew of the pill of the mysterious elixir? [Sŏkchin] finely ground the fourth finger on his left hand.
For hundreds of years, the heavenly moral relationship of father and son has been the same. How, in accordance with the kingly transformation into virtuosity, could this have ups and downs?
Every time people see the picture [of Sŏkchin's story], they pay respect toward its high integrity. The fame of his name was widely and deeply spread for eternity without end.
- Discussion Questions:
- Of Wanju Prefecture (完州郡, modern Chŏnju), North Chŏlla Province