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The way never acts yet all is done

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the way
never
acts,
yet
all
is
done
when
a king
sticks to
the way,
the country
grows

naturally
when
desires
arise,
I hammer
them down
with a block
of wood--
so simple
it's free
when
I
cease
to desire,
the world
itself
settles down
like dust
after rain
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