(So it is with) all things. Trees and plants, in their early growth, are soft and brittle;Think of a human baby. When each of us is first born, our skin is soft, our limbs are flexible and boy can we holler!
~ James Legge translation, from The Sacred Books of the East, 1891 ~
Green plants are tender and filled with sap.
~ Gia-fu Feng and Jane English translation, published by Vintage Books, 1989 ~
All living things, grass and trees,
While alive, are soft and supple
~ Derek Lin translation, from Tao Te Ching: Annotated & Explained, published by SkyLight Paths, 2006 ~
Plants and trees are tender
and full of sap.
~ Ron Hogan rendition, from Beatrice.com, 2004 ~
We are little bundles of energy, ready to embrace the world at every turn.
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