Shame, Shame

Alas and, the elders who have lived without charity, shame

Alas and, the stylish youth who have not cared for the soul, shame

Alas and, the wise who have not united books with their minds, shame

Alas and, the nobles who are inconsistent with their subjects, shame

Alas and, the girls who do not worship their fathers but worship men, shame

Alas and, the officials who abuse the state, shame

Alas and, the pupils who study all things other than their lessons, shame

Alas and, the monks who call meditation a hindrance, shame

Alas and, the lamas who sit in the monastery by day but wander visiting families by night, shame

Alas and, the disciples who portray devotion but secretly cheat, shame

Alas and, the doctors who think not of helping but of money, shame

Alas and, the wary who do not see their own faults but find fault in others, shame

Alas and, the girls whose eyes look at one’s face but whose spirit turns in the back, shame

Alas and, the scholars who teach others by day but themselves are dissipated by night, shame

Alas and, the men who themselves return from visiting others and show jealousy to their wives, shame

Alas and, the wives who befriend others who do not listen to men, shame

Alas and, if any of these faults are found in me, shame to me alone amongst all others

Alas and, if they are found more or less in anyone else, shame, shame, whoever they are
Do not exhaust all means, my dear ones!


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