Daodejing — The Classic About Ways and Instances
Translated by William P. Coleman
After the great way had been forgotten,
there was benevolence and rectitude.
Intelligence and knowledge appeared,
and there was great falseness.
The six relationships fell out of harmony,
and there was love and filial piety.
Families lost the nation to confusion,
and there were loyal ministers.
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