The wealth of wealths is the wealth of hearing; That wealth out-tops all else. When there is no food for the ear, A little can be given to the stomach as well. As gods in heaven are fed through fire, So men on earth are fed through their ears. Though unlettered, listen; You will find this a great help in distress. Words from the lips of upright men Are like a steadying staff in a slippery place. Listen to the good however little And even that much will bring great dignity. Those who have sought and heard much Will not talk nonsense even by mistake. Ears may hear and yet remain deaf, If not drilled by words of instruction. A modest mouth is hard for those Whose ears lend not to wise counsels. What matters if they live or die Whose taste is in their tongues, not ears?