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Canto VII.The Ministers.

Two sages,holy saints,had he,

His ministers and priests to be:

Vaśishṭha,faithful to advise,

And Vámadeva,Scripture-wise.

Eight other lords around him stood,

All skilled to counsel,wise and good:

Jayanta,Vijay,Dhrishṭi bold

In fight,affairs of war controlled:

Siddhárth and Arthasádhak true

Watched o'er expense and revenue,

And Dharmapál and wise Aśok

Of right and law and justice spoke.

With these the sage Sumantra,skilled

To urge the car,high station filled.

All these in knowledge duly trained

Each passion and each sense restrained:

With modest manners,nobly bred

Each plan and nod and look they read,

Upon their neighbours'good intent,

Most active and benevolent:

As sit the Vasus79round their king,

They sate around him counselling.

They ne'er in virtue's loftier pride

Another's lowly gifts decried.

In fair and seemly garb arrayed,

No weak uncertain plans they made.

Well skilled in business,fair and just,

They gained the people's love and trust,

And thus without oppression stored

The swelling treasury of their lord.

Bound in sweet friendship each to each,

They spoke kind thoughts in gentle speech.

They looked alike with equal eye

On every caste,on low and high.

Devoted to their king,they sought,

Ere his tongue spoke,to learn his thought,

And knew,as each occasion rose,

To hide their counsel or disclose.

In foreign lands or in their own

Whatever passed,to them was known.

By secret spies they timely knew

What men were doing or would do.

Skilled in the grounds of war and peace

They saw the monarch's state increase,

Watching his weal with conquering eye

That never let occasion by,

While nature lent her aid to bless

Their labours with unbought success.

Never for anger,lust,or gain,

Would they their lips with falsehood stain.

Inclined to mercy they could scan

The weakness and the strength of man.

They fairly judged both high and low,

And ne'er would wrong a guiltless foe;

Yet if a fault were proved,each one

Would punish e'en his own dear son.

But there and in the kingdom's bound

No thief or man impure was found:

None of loose life or evil fame,

No tempter of another's dame.

Contented with their lot each caste

Calm days in blissful quiet passed;

And,all in fitting tasks employed,

Country and town deep rest enjoyed,

With these wise lords around his throne

The monarch justly reigned,

And making every heart his own

The love of all men gained.

With trusty agents,as beseems,

Each distant realm he scanned,

As the sun visits with his beams

Each corner of the land.

Ne'er would he on a mightier foe

With hostile troops advance,

Nor at an equal strike a blow

In war's delusive chance.

These lords in council bore their part

With ready brain and faithful heart,

With skill and knowledge,sense and tact,

Good to advise and bold to act.

And high and endless fame he won

With these to guide his schemes,

As,risen in his might,the sun

Wins glory with his beams.