Verse 2

Everyone recognises beauty 
    only because of ugliness 
Everyone recognises virtue 
    only because of sin 
    
Life and death are born together 
Difficult and easy 
Long and short 
High and low— 
    all these exist together 
Sound and silence blend as one 
Before and after arrive as one 
    
The Sage acts without action 
    and teaches without talking 
All things flourish around him 
    and he does not refuse any one of them 
He gives but not to receive 
He works but not for reward 
He completes but not for results 
He does nothing for himself in this passing world 
    so nothing he does ever passes  
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