lipu Pona la: kasi nanpa 53 pi lipu Nasin Pona

使我介然有知   If I had just a little bit of wisdom
行于大道唯施是畏   I should walk the Great Path and fear only straying from it.
大道甚夷   Though the Way is quite broad
而民好径   People love shortcuts.
朝甚除   The court is immaculate,
田甚芜   While the fields are overgrown with weeds,
仓甚虚   And the granaries are empty.
服文彩   They wear silk finery,
带利剑   Carry sharp swords,
厌饮食   Sate themselves on food and drink
财货有馀   Having wealth in excess.
是谓盗夸   They are called thieving braggarts.
非道也哉   This is definitely not the Way.

Sitelen Sitelen Renderer by Olaf Janssen.

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