It is ten millions better not to beg, even from those
Precious few who find joy in generosity and thus never refuse.
Were it the world's Creator who wished men to live by begging,
Men might well wish that He Himself also die a wanderer.
There is no greater foolhardiness than saying to oneself,
"I shall end the pains of poverty by begging."
The entire world is too small to contain the dignity of men
Who stoop not to beg even in the midst of destitution.
Though it is only gruel thin as water, nothing is more savory
Than the food that is earned by the labor of one's hands.
The tongue finds nothing more distasteful than begging
Even to simply plead for the cow's drinking water.
This I beg of all beggers,
"If beg you must, beg not from misers."
The unsturdy ship called begging will break apart
The moment it crashes against the rock of refusal.
Thoughts of the beggar's plight must melt one's heart,
But thoughts of refusals he receives crushes it completely.
Is there any place a miser can safely hide
When inside him resounds the word "no" which slays beggars.
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