WHEN a great wound is healed,
There will still remain a scar.
Can this be a desirable state of affairs?
Therefore, the Sage, holding the left-hand tally,
Performs his part of the covenant,
But lays no claims upon others.
The virtueless knows only to levy duties upon
the people. The Way of Heaven has no private affections,
But always accords with the good.
Translated by John C. H. Wu