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Daoism -> Zhuangzi -> Inner Chapters -> Enjoyment in Untroubled Ease -> 4

天下许由Yao, proposing to resign the throne to Xu You,
said,
'When the sun and moon have come forth,
if the torches have not been put out,
would it not be difficult for them to give light?
When the seasonal rains are coming down,
if we still keep watering the ground,
will not our toil be labour lost for all the good it will do?
天下Do you, Master, stand forth (as sovereign), and the kingdom will (at once) be well governed.
If I still (continue to) preside over it,
I must look on myself as vainly occupying the place
天下。”- I beg to resign the throne to you.'
许由 Xu You said,
天下'You, Sir, govern the kingdom,
天下 and the kingdom is well governed.
If I in these circumstances take your place,
shall I not be doing so for the sake of the name?
But the name is but the guest of the reality;
shall I be playing the part of the guest?
The tailor-bird makes its nest in the deep forest,
but only uses a single branch;
the mole drinks from the He,
but only takes what fills its belly.
Return and rest in being ruler
天下- I will have nothing to do with the throne.
Though the cook were not attending to his kitchen,
。”the representative of the dead and the officer of prayer would not leave their cups and stands to take his place.'


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