An innate sense of rights and shying away from wrong
Are found together only in the nobly born.
Men of noble birth will never fall from three:
Virtuous conduct, truthfulness, and modesty.
Four are the attributes of the true gentleman: a smiling face,
A generous hand, a courteous disposition and kindly words.
Men of good birth will not do demeaning deeds
Even though millions and millions may be gained thereby.
Time-honored families may be parted from prosperity's charitableness,
But will never sever themselves from proper conduct.
Those committed to their family's flawless fame
Dare not commit deceitful, dishonorable deeds.
In high-born men blemishes are clearly seen,
Just as the moon's elevation makes it more visible.
When a man with good background lacks loving affection,
Doubts arise whether he arose from that family.
The nature of a soil is known by the seedlings that sprout.
Even so, the nature of a man's family is known by the words he speaks.
Those desiring greatness must desire modesty. And those seeking
their family's honor must seek to be respectful to all.
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