The Wealth of Children
Of all blessings we know, Nothing worth than begetting intelligent children. No harm will befall in all seven births If one begets blameless children. Children are called one's fortune; And their fortune the result of their own deeds. Sweeter than nectar is the porridge messed up By the tiny hands of one’s children. To be touched by children is a delight to the body, And to hear their speech a joy to the ear. The flute is sweet', 'The lute is sweet', Say those who never heard their children lisp. The good a father can do to his child Is to make him excel in the midst of the learned. The wisdom of one's own children Brings joy to all life on the earth. A woman rejoices at the birth of a son, But even more when he is praised. The son's duty to his father is to make world ask, 'By what austerities did he merit such a son!