77 – Stretching the Bow

The Stretching of the Bow

The way of Tao is like stretching a bow,
the high end comes down,
and the low end rises.

When it is too long,
it is shortened.
When it is too short,
it is lengthened.

The way of Tao
is to reduce the excessive
and increase the deficient.

The way of man
is to increase the excessive
and decrease the deficient.

Who is able to take her surplus
and offer it to the world?

Only the woman of Tao.
She acts and yet does not claim credit.
She does not wish to be viewed superior.

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