O enemies, stand not against my monarch!
Many who did now stand as stone monuments.
There is greater fulfillment in carrying a lance which missed an
Elephant than an arrow which pierced a forest-dwelling rabbit.
Fierce courage is what they call valor,
And chivalry to the fallen forms its sharp edge.
Having hurled his spear at a huge bull elephant,
The hero finds another piercing his body and grabs it with glee.
Is it not a disgraceful defeat to the courageous warrior
If his glaring eyes so much as blink when the lance is hurled at him?
When recounting his days, the hero considers all days
On which no battle wounds scars were sustained as squandered.
To fasten the warrior's anklet to one who wants glory
More than life is adorning to adorn greatness with beauty.
Men of courage who do not fear their lives in battle do not
forfeit their ardor even if the king prohibits their fighting.
Who dares deride as defeated
Men who die fulfilling valor's vow?
Heroic death which fills with tears the emperor's eyes
Is death worth begging and then dying for.
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