Book 2, Chapter 77

The Bow

People :

Author : Laozi (Lao-Tzu)

Translator : Ursula K. Le Guin

Text :

The Way of heaven
is like a bow bent to shoot:
its top end brought down,
its lower end raised up.
It brings the high down,
lifts the low,
takes from those who have,
gives to those who have not.

Such is the Way of heaven,
taking from people who have,
giving to people who have not.
Not so the human way:
it takes from those who have not
to fill up those who have.
Who has enough to fill up everybody?
Only those who have the Way.

So the wise
do without claiming,
achieve without asserting,
wishing not to show their worth.

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Chronology :

November 06, 2021 : Book 2, Chapter 77 -- Added.

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