crane princes

Tao gives birth to One

One gives birth to Two

Two gives birth to Three

Three gives birth to The Ten Thousand Things

The Ten Thousand things

Carry yin

And embrace yang

Blending these vital forces

Thereby attaining harmony

People’s fear is to be

Poor, lonely, and unknown

Yet rulers take these as their titles


Sometimes lose one thing

And we gain another

Gain one thing

And we lose another

What others teach

I teach also:

“Even the forceful and aggressive

Cannot overcome death.”

I receive this

And establish it

As the father of my teaching


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