The Utterance of Pleas
The speech of the enlightened is sweet words Soaked in love, free from pretence. More pleasing than a gracious gift Are sweet words with a smiling face. This is virtue: A welcome face, smiling look, And sweet words from the heart. Want and sorrow shall never be theirs Who have a pleasant word for all. Humility and pleasant speech constitute one's ornaments.Other things do not count. Virtues will wax and vices wane If one seeks the good and speaks sweet. Helpful words yoked with courtesy Breed justice and strengthen virtue. Sweet words free of meanness yield joy, Both here and hereafter. How can anyone speak harsh words, Having seen what kind words do? To use harsh words, when sweet ones are at hand, Is to prefer raw fruit to ripe.