My beloved friend, LU Wenlong, has been graciously going through Laozi‘s great work with me. He transliterates directly from the Chinese into the English, and then we dialog
#39* In the ancient days: grasping one. Heaven grasping one: clear and bright. Earth grasping one, tranquility. Spirit grasping one, effective.  River valley grasping one, fullness. 10,000 things grasping
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):
#32* DAO (the Great Way) always and forever without name. Simple and small. Nothing under-heaven can rule over the Great Way. If Kings obey this,
“The sacred function of hope has, in modern man, degenerated into a hideous disease called tomorrow.” –G. Gurdjieff How does the old age not already
#28* Knowing power, abiding in modesty; like a stream under Heaven. Like a stream under Heaven- never abandoning eternal virtue, returning at last to purity.