Meticulous masters of words Must judge the council before they speak. Should skilled orators wish to speak, Let them study the occasion with care. Only poor orators, good for nothing, speak at length Without knowing the audience. Before the bright, be brilliant light. Before the dull, assume mortar white. The best amongst all good qualities Is the modesty to holdback before elders. To slip before men of wide learning Is like slipping from the path of righteousness. The scholarship of a scholar shines In an assembly of meticulous scholars. Speaking before a receptive audience Is like watering a nursery of growing plants. Don't tell an assembly of fools even forgetfully Things meant for the wise. To deliberate with people of dissimilar interests Is like spilling nectar in the drain.