Tao 51

The myriad creatures are
Formed of matter,
Shaped by circumstance,
Nurtured by Te.

Beneath all this, Tao is the ultimate source.

This is why Tao is revered and Te honoured:
Not because respect is demanded,
But because it is inspired.

Tao creates without possessing.
Te maintains without expectation.

This is original virtue,
Which all human-made virtue seeks to emulate.


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