Spies and classics on statecraft: These two are a king's pair of eyes. A king's job is to know in time everything That happens to everyone every day. No king has ever succeeded Without considering the news of the spies. Employees, kinsmen and enemies Are the people a spy should cover. Able spies are always elusive With perfect guise and fearless eyes. Disguised as a monk a spy should probe all places Unperturbed despite hardships. A spy should ferret out hidden facts And get them verified beyond doubt. Even what one spy has spied Must be spied through another. Let not one spy know another. And act when three spies agree. Never honour a spy in public Lest your secret should be out.