THERE was Something undefined and yet complete in
Born before Heaven-and-Earth.
Standing alone without change,
Yet pervading all without fail,
It may be regarded as the Mother of the world.
I do not know its name;
I style it "Tao";
And, in the absence of a better word, call it
To go on is to be far,
To be far is to return.
Heaven is great,
Earth is great,
King is great."
Thus, the king is one of the great four in the Universe.
The Earth follows the ways of Heaven,
Heaven follows the ways of Tao,
Tao follows its own ways.
Translated by John C. H. Wu