Not to dread the Counc
The pure skillful orators, knowing the council's strength, Never fail in their speech. Most learned among the learned is he Whose learning the learned accept. Many are ready to even die in battle, But few can face an assembly without nerves. Let the learned learn from you, And you from one more learned. Study the science of logic so that you may Fearlessly reply in any assembly. What use is a sword to cowards And books to those who fear assembly? As a sword to a eunuch before his foes, Is the learning to one who fears assembly. They are useless however learned Who cannot impress a learned assembly. Scholars dread of facing an assembly of good men Are ranked lower than the ignorant. Those stage-fearing who keep their learning to themselves, Though living, are dead.