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生粒民之聖
開稼穡之源

棄母姜嫄
棄母姜嫄者,邰侯之女也,當堯之時,行見巨人跡,好
而履之,歸而有娠,溢以浸大,心怪惡之,卜筮禋祀以
求無子,終生子以為不祥,而棄之隘巷,牛馬避而不
踐,乃送之平林之中,後伐平林者,咸薦之覆之,乃取
置寒冰之上,飛鳥傴翼之,姜嫄以為異,乃收以歸,因
命曰棄,姜嫄之性,清静專一,好種稼穡,及棄長而教
之種樹桑麻,棄之性,明而仁,能育其教,卒致其名,堯
使棄居稷官,吏國邰地,遂封棄於邰,號曰后稷,及堯
崩舜即位,乃命之曰,棄,黎民阻饑,汝后稷播時百穀

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