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44. 1. Or fame or life,
    Which do you hold more dear?
Or life or wealth,
    To which would you adhere?
Keep life and lose those other things;
Keep them and lose your life:--which brings
    Sorrow and pain more near?

2. Thus we may see,
    Who cleaves to fame
    Rejects what is more great;
Who loves large stores
    Gives up the richer state.

p. 88

3. Who is content
Needs fear no shame.
Who knows to stop
Incurs no blame.
From danger free
Long live shall he.

, 'Cautions.' The chapter warns men to let nothing come into competition with the value which they set on the Tâo. The Tâo is not named, indeed, but the idea of it was evidently in the writer's mind.

The whole chapter rhymes after a somewhat peculiar fashion; familiar enough, however, to one who is acquainted with the old rhymes of the Book of Poetry.

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