Posing friends treat you like an anvil To strike you at the opportune time. Fickle as a woman's heart is the friendship of those Who act like friends. Hard for the ignoble to be good-hearted, No matter how well educated they are. Beware of those deceits who, with a smiling face, Conceal bitterness in their hearts. Trust not the mere words of those Whose minds don't agree with us. A foe's words though seem friendly and good Can be read at once. Trust not the bowing speech of your foe. A bending bow is a sign of imminent danger. Like a dagger concealed in folded hands Is the mourning tears of foes. Cajole and crush with friendly guise Those who flatter you but despise within. While playing a friend to foes, keep a friendly face But banish them from thy heart.