Who serves a ruler with the Way
For who wields weapons, weapons can betray.
Where troops have camped, the brambles grow.
Who leads an army well resolves his purpose,
He meets the purpose, not to boast of power.
He meets the purpose, not to bask in fortune.
He meets the purpose, not to brag with glory.
Rather, he meets the purpose with full regret
because the purpose must be met.
All things flourish, then decay.
|© Douglas Allchin 2002|