For fair-faced maidens virtue's modesty brings bashfulness,
But the deeper modesty shies away from wrongful deeds.
Food, clothing and such are not much different among people,
It is modesty that distingiushes good men from others.
All life clings to a body,
Perfect goodness clings to all that is modest.
Is not modesty the jewel of the great? Without it,
Is not their strut an affliction for the eye to behold?
Those men who for others' disgrace and their own feel equally ashamed
Are regarded by the world as the abode of modesty.
The great would rather defend themselves with modesty's barricade
Than breach it to acquire the vast world itself.
Those who prize unpretentiousness will forsake life to preserve it.
But they would never forsake modesty for the sake of life.
If a man does not feel ashamed of that which others feel ashamed,
Virtue itself will be ashamed of him.
One's family will be consumed in the fire of failure to act well;
But everything good will be incinerated by dwelling in shamelessness.
The movements of men devoid of innate modesty
May be likened to wooden puppets suspended on a string.
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