Song 9

Updated: Sep 5


The Valley Spirit never dies It is named the Mysterious Female. And the doorway of the Mysterious Female Is the base from which Heaven and Earth sprang. It is there within us all the while; Draw upon it as you will; it never runs dry.

– from Tao te Ching, chap 6, translated by Arthur Waley, 1934.

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