The Right Sceptre
The way is to launch an enquiry, investigate with impartiality, And dispense as per norms. All the world looks up to heaven for rain And the subjects to their king for justice. The scepter of the king furnishes the basic support To virtue and scriptures. A great kingdom's monarch who rules embracing his subjects Has the world embrace his feet. The king who rules according to the law Never lacks rain and corn. Not his spear but a straight scepter Is what gives a monarch his triumph. The king guards all the land, and his own rule Will guard him if he is straight. An indifferent unjust king beyond the reach of his subjects Will sink beyond and perish. For a king who would guard and cherish his people, To punish crimes is a duty, not defect. A king punishing criminals by execution Is like a farmer removing weeds from his fields.