The Not Speaking Profitless Words
Words without sense, while chafe the wise,
Who babbles, him will all despise.
By Maharajan T2 months ago in Poets
Though virtuous words his lips speak not, and all his deeds are ill.
If neighbour he defame not, there's good within him still.
With soul unjust to covet others' well-earned store,
Brings ruin to the home, to evil opes the door.
As 'strict decorum's' laws, that all men bind,
Let each regard unenvying grace of mind.
The Possession of Patience, Forbearance
As earth bears up the men who delve into her breast,
To bear with scornful men of virtues is the best.
Not coveting another's Wife
Who laws of virtue and possession's rights have known,
Indulge no foolish love of her by right another's own.
The Possession of Decorum
'Decorum' gives especial excellence; with greater care
'Decorum' should men guard than life, which all men share.
The Possession of Self-restraint
Control of self does man conduct to bliss th' immortals share;
Indulgence leads to deepest night, and leaves him there.
If justice, failing not, its quality maintain,
Giving to each his due, -'tis man's one highest gain.
The Knowledge of Benefits Conferred: Gratitude
Assistance given by those who ne'er received our aid,
Is debt by gift of heaven and earth but poorly paid.
The Utterance of Pleasant Words
Pleasant words are words with all pervading love that burn;
Words from his guileless mouth who can the very truth discern.
All household cares and course of daily life have this in view.
Guests to receive with courtesy, and kindly acts to do.