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1 These three are the treasures to strive for and prize:
be gentle, live simply and have the humility
to shy from the struggle to put oneself first, these are the pearls.
2 If mercy’s abandoned by those who’d be brave,
economy squandered by those who’d be generous,
humility slighted by those who would lead, this is sure death.
3 Be gentle and you can afford to be bold,
be frugal and so have enough to be liberal,
be humble and thus be a leader of all, this is the way.
4 Through gentleness those who attack win the fight,
and those who defend have their safety in gentleness;
this gentleness rests in the children of God, this is their sign.