The Book of the Right Way by Laozi – 4

4

The way is a torrent, yet to use it one may not be full.

The abyss [in which it runs] seems like the forerunner of everything.

It dulls the sharp;

It clarifies confusion;

It softens the bright [or: blends the light];

It seems like the earth.

Perhaps the deep clear water will run forever.

I do not know where it comes from [or: whose child it is].

It seems like the First Cause.

道 沖 , 而 用 之 或 不 盈 。

淵 兮 , 似 萬 物 之 宗 ﹔ 湛 兮 , 似 或 存 。

吾 不 知 誰 之 子 , 象 帝 之 先 。

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