The Possession of Know
Wisdom is a weapon of defence, An inner fortress no foe can raze. Wisdom checks the wandering mind And pulls it from ill to good. The mark of wisdom is to discern the truth From whatever source it is heard. Wisdom lies in simplifying intricate facts And grasping that of others, however intricate. Prudence goes with the world, But wisdom is not a lotus to open and shut at will. It is a part of wisdom to conform To the ways of the world. The wise know what comes next. The unwise lack that wisdom. It is folly not to fear what ought to be feared. The wise dread what ought to be dreaded. No frightful evil shocks the wise Who guard against surprises. Those who have wisdom have all: Fools with all have nothing.