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Daoism -> Zhuangzi -> Outer Chapters -> The Revolution of Heaven -> 1

How (ceaselessly) heaven revolves!
How (constantly) earth abides at rest!
And do the sun and moon contend about their (respective) places?
Who presides over and directs these (things)?
Who binds and connects them together?
Who is it that, without trouble or exertion on his part, causes and maintains them?
Is it, perhaps, that there is some secret spring, in consequence of which they cannot be but as they are?
Or is it, perhaps, that they move and turn as they do, and cannot stop of themselves?
(Then) how the clouds become rain!
And how the rain again forms the clouds!
Who diffuses them so abundantly?
Who is it that, without trouble or exertion on his part, produces this elemental enjoyment, and seems to stimulate it?
The winds rise in the north;
西one blows to the west, and another to the east;
while some rise upwards, uncertain in their direction.
By whose breathing are they produced?
Who is it that, without any trouble and exertion of his own, effects all their undulations?
I venture to ask their cause.
Wu-xian Shao said,
'Come,
and I will tell you.
To heaven there belong the six Extreme Points, and the five Elements.
When the Dis and Kings acted in accordance with them, there was good government;
when they acted contrary to them, there was evil.
Observing the things (described) in the nine divisions (of the writing) of Luo,
their government was perfected and their virtue was complete.
They inspected and enlightened the kingdom beneath them,
天下 and all under the sky acknowledged and sustained them.
。” Such was the condition under the august (sovereigns) and those before them.'


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