Correction of Faults
Freedom from arrogance, anger and meanness Spells dignity in greatness. Miserliness, undignified pride and fraudulent indulgence Are flaws in a king. To those ashamed of wrong doings, Even millet of fault is as big as a palm-tree. Guard against error as you would guard wealth, For error is a foe that kills. A life that does not guard against faults Would vanish like a heap of straw before fire. How can a king be faulted who removes his own fault Before seeing that of others? The miser's wealth, unspent on what should be spent, Does not increase but cease. That miserliness which clings to men Is one thing that stands out among all sins. Never flatter yourself, Nor delight in deeds that bring no good. Keep your delights in pleasures unknown To keep the designs of your foes at bay.