Kindliness, high birth, and a nature pleasing to kings Are the qualities of an envoy. An envoy's three essentials Are loyalty, intelligence and sagacious speech. An envoy should be a scholar among the learned To succeed among the powerful. Let him go on a mission who has these three: Wisdom, personality and scholarship. An envoy's words should be compact, Unoffending, pleasant and useful. An envoy should be well-read, fearless, persuasive, And know what fits the occasion. The best know their mission, bide their time, Wait for the occasion and think before speaking. A truthful messenger should have these three qualities: Goodness, friendliness and boldness. A king's herald will not even negligently Utter words that leave a stain. A brave envoy braves his life to safeguard The ruler's interests at any cost.