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Two Lao Tzu Poems (French translation)
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Five Colours

The five colors blind the eye.
The five tones deafen the ear.
The five flavours dull the taste.
Racing and hunting madden the mind.
Precious things lead one astray. 

Therefore the sage is guided by what he feels
and not by what he sees.
He lets go of that and chooses this.


Look, It Cannot be Seen

Look, it cannot be seen - it is beyond form.
Listen, it cannot be heard - it is beyond sound.
Grasp, it cannot be held - it is intangible.
These three are indefinable, they are one. 

From above it is not bright;
From below it is not dark:
Unbroken thread beyond description.

It returns to nothingness.
Form of the formless,
Image of the imageless,

It is called indefinable and beyond imagination. 

Stand before it - there is no beginning.
Follow it and there is no end.

Stay with the Tao, Move with the present. 

Knowing the ancient beginning is the essence of Tao.