The characteristic of penance lies in Enduring hardships and harming no life. Penance is for the capable. It is futile for others to attempt it. Is it to support those who do penance That others have forgotten it? In penance lies the power To save friends and foil foes. Men do penance in this world For the fulfillment of their desired desires. While the austere are engaged in their duties, Others toil in vain ensnared by desire. As the intense fire makes gold shine, So does the burning austerities relieve pain. All souls will worship him who, losing his ego, Gets control of his own soul. Those who have achieved the strength of penance Could defeat even the Lord of Death. The have-nots outnumber the haves Because penance is not for the many.