Heaven and earth are scant repayment
For help rendered where none was received.
A kindness done in the hour of need may itself be small,
But in worth it exceeds the whole world.
When help is rendered by weighing the receiver's need
And not the donor's reward, its goodness grows greater than the sea.
While aid may outwardly seem as puny as a mustard seed,
The knowing will deem it as imposing as a towering palm.
Help rendered another cannot be measured by the extent
Of assistance imparted. Its real measure is the recipient's worthiness.
Never forget fellowship with unsullied souls,
Nor forsake friendship with those who aided in adversity.
For seven lives in seven bodies the grateful will remember
Friends who nullified their anguish and affliction.
It is improper to ever forget a kindness,
But good to forget at once an injury received.
The deadliest injury is effaced the moment
The mind recalls a single kindness received from the injurer.
Having massacred every breed of goodness, one may yet escape,
But there is no escape for those who let gratitude die.
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