Part II: On Wealth
Section V: Royalty
Chapter 39: The Merits of the King
He is lion among kings who is well endowed with these six:
army, citizens, wealth, ministers, allies and fortresses.
There are four attributes that cannot be absent in a king:
fearlessness, generosity, wisdom and industriousness.
In those who rule the land, three traits must never lapse:
vigilance, valor and virtuous learning.
The noble king is unswerving in virtue, restrains wrongdoing
and courageously maintains his honor.
He who can produce a treasury of wealth, deposit it,
preserve it and apportion it wisely–now, that is a king!
All peoples praise that nation whose sovereign
is always accessible and never speaks harshly.
Behold the king who speaks graciously, gives generously and
protects powerfully–the world considers his word its command.
Ruling righteously himself and safeguarding his subjects,
a monarch may be deemed divine by his people.
The world lives protected beneath the umbrella
of an ethical leader who can endure words bitter to the ear.
He is a light among rulers who is endowed with the four merits
of generosity, graciousness, justice and care for the people.