Poem 8

That which is best is similar to the water.

Water profits ten thousand things and does not oppose them.

It is always at rest in humble places.

Thus, it is close to TAO.

Therefore, for staying, we prefer a humble place.

For minds, we prefer profundity.

For companions, we prefer kindness.

For words, we prefer sincerity.

For government, we prefer good order.

For affairs, we prefer ability.

For actions, we prefer the right time.

Because we do not strive,

We are free from fault.