Of old, all things came to follow the Way:
Heaven became one and was clear,
Earth became one and was still,
Souls became one and were active,
Streams became one and were full.
Kings became one, and soon they ruled the world.

But heaven would fade if it were always clear,
Earth would crumble if it were always still,
Souls would crush if they were always active,
Streams would dry if they were always full.
Kings would fail if they lived alone.

The smart man views the pieces with compassion
Because he understands the whole.
His constant practice is humility.

He doesn’t tinkle like jade,
Nor clatter like stone chimes.