Lao Tzu Tao Te Ching Chapter 6

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J Legge    J H McDonald   Lin Yutang

Tao Te Ching Chapter 6

J Legge

The valley spirit dies not, aye the same;
The female mystery thus do we name.
Its gate, from which at first they issued forth,
Is called the root from which grew heaven and earth.
Long and unbroken does its power remain,
Used gently, and without the touch of pain.

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 Tao Te Ching Chapter 6

J H McDonald

The spirit of emptiness is immortal.
It is called the Great Mother
because it gives birth to Heaven and Earth.

It is like a vapor,
barely seen but always present.
Use it effortlessly.

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 Tao Te Ching Chapter 6

Lin Yutang

The Spirit of the Valley never dies.
It is called the Mystic Female.
The Door of the Mystic Female
Is the root of Heaven and Earth.

Continuously, continuously,
It seems to remain.
Draw upon it
And it serves you with ease.

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