193 Journey on
The turns of the gossamer sails bring you far away.
The water is smooth the waves are calm,
You journey on without obstructions,
Crossing over ever more to distant places.
194 East wind
You personally experienced terrible waves,
The Eastwind is convenient and good,
Peace and tranquility when you go back,
It is now still early.
東風 East wind: good (versus evil), East: beginning, start.
195 New love
A crane emerges from the clouds,
A person returns from under the moon,
A new love and a face full of smiles,
No need to wrinkle your brows.
鶴 Crane (emblem of longevity).
196 Growing up
You may fish in the deep natural pond,
You may net birds in the deep secluded valley;
Your heart only needs a long time growing up,
There is no need to become anxious.
197 One bright pearl
Going forward is not easy,
Going back is not worthy.
When high and low follow each other,
That is one bright pearl.
198 No right or wrong
A divinination about a decisive occasion hits the mark,
Your middle way is not lost;
At present things are not to your liking,
How to refrain from right or wrong.
Loudly chirping sparrows high above,
A traveller at an ancient ferrystation;
Halfway and unsettled,
At nightfall worry creeps in.
200 Go for it
Cutting in the stone gets you the jade,
Washing the sand gets you the pearl;
Before your eyes right now,
201 The people sing, the ruler sighs
Unceasing wind and rain urge spring to leave,
The flowers of the peaches and plums fall faded from the tips of the branches;
At the border of the peach field people are singing and laughing,
Knowledge weighs on the ruler's mind chaotic like hempfibers.
Once upon a time in spring in paradise,
New willow catkins in the frontyard;
A sound carrying a good message,
The vegetation is utterly enjoyable.
閬苑 Paradise: land where immortals dwell.
New flowers and willows in the frontyard - or: the frontyard of a new brothel.
203 Many affairs
Outside the door heavy affairs pile up,
You meet many women;
Even though a virtuous women helps cleverly,
What is indistinct ends up difficult to cure.
204 In the kettle
When affairs are promising.
Faces are shining,
When from beginning to end all can besettled by discussion,
In the bottle sun and moon last for a long time.
205 Darkness leaving
Darkness leaving makes brightness come,
Worry on one's mind needs harmony;
The unavoidable result being a smile,
No misgivings now.
This verse is about the wisdom found in Daodejing verse 2
206 A mirror without dust
A precious mirror without dust or dirt,
The attendants already cut out the garments;
Also the meeting is conform to Heaven's will,
To the end not causing dust.
Full of banter;
Happy sounds halfway the journey,
Level steps, spring, and a high position.
208 Quiet nights
The flowers are damaged, the moon is dark,
The mirror is broken and the hairpins bent;
Stop the future stop the past,
Things begin in quiet nights.
Outside the door good news is coming,
Your career deserves celebrations;
Fame and fortune change even more,
The flight of wild geese can end in a broken formation.
210 A beautiful world
A great stretch of beautiful rivers and mountains,
An entire idle day on windblown sands;
Already the bait on the hook has been swallowed,
Why would your heart bother with great waves?
波瀾 great waves; turns and twists of a piece
211 Invite happiness
A pair of swallows dances bearing documents,
Soon they arrive in unison;
Lonely and stranded you invite them to stay,
From now on you go down to your fishing spot.
燕 Swallow: symbol of happiness and joy.
舞 Dance: picture of a dancer holding some sort of ornaments in the hands.
212 Follow the moon
Gazing at the mountain massif,
High and vast, gradually you may climb it.
Raise your head to look at the sky above,
The moon rising on the human world.
望full moon; gaze, longing.
213 Saddle up and ride out
Avail of moving,
Forget about hiding;
Ride out over the passes,
Good tidings are soon to come.
重關Heavy concerns; series of fortified passes.
Accumulate merit and carry out achievements and get children and grandchildren,
Offer sacrifices of grain and oxen to the spirits and the Western neighbor.
The day you receive the document which validates both honor and rank,
You can turn around and the mountains and rivers and all living things are new.
215 Then peace, then disaster
The quiet and flat road is level and smooth,
In the clouds flies a wild goose.
Peach blossoms meet a sudden rainstorm,
At the waterside a woman is wailing.
216 Higher authority
Indoors weapons are raised,
Family members want revenge and both cannot get along with each other;
Saints and sages in red robes approach,
Smiles awaken again.
朱衣臨日月 litt: red summer robe of sun and moon (emperor and empress) nearing.