Pure men of skillful discourse may speak unfalteringly
Before the powerful, provided they understand the audience.
Those who can convincingly express what they have learned
Before a learned assembly are the learned among learned men.
Those who can brave death on the battlefield are common.
But rare are they who can face an audience without fear.
Speak confidently before the learned what you have mastered;
And learn from those more learned still what you do not know.
Study the science of logic so that
You may fearlessly reply in any assembly.
What does a coward do with a sword?
What does a man who fears a subtle council do with books?
The learning of those who fearfully face an audience
Is like the shining sword of womanly men amid foes.
Having learned many things, men remain useless
If they cannot expound effectively in chambers of excellence.
The learned who are intimidated by gatherings of good men
Are alluded to as less than the illiterate.
Men whose fear of assemblies forbids them to share
Their knowledge may be alive, yet may as well be dead.
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