With this poem, we begin the Book of DE (the second part of the Daodejing, the poems on virtue or excellence). #38* Magnificent excellence (DE):
#37* The Great Way (DAO): Never doing (WU WEI) but always doing all. If kings can follow this, the 10,000 things will grow and develop
#36* To shrink it, expand it. To weaken it, strengthen it. To demote it, promote it. To take it, give it. Call this subtle brilliance:
#35* Grasping the appearance: all will come along following without quarrel. Tranquility Peace Quietude Sweet music and good food catch the passersby (like bait). When
#34* DAO (Great Way) everywhere. Left or right, all around. On It, the 10,000 entities† relying nurturing, never rejecting. Achieving completion without needing recognition. Feeding
#33* Knowing others: lucidity. Knowing self: brilliance.† Defeating others: strength. Defeating self: discipline. Contentedness: wealth. Perseverance: will. Never losing self: endurance. Dead yet unforgotten: longevity.