Familiarity is friendship's silent pact,
That puts restraint on no familiar act
Imtimate friendship is that which cannot in the least be injured by (things done through the) right (of longstanding intimacy).
Pazhaimai Enappatuvadhu Yaadhenin Yaadhum
Kizhamaiyaik Keezhndhitaa Natpu.
Familiar freedom friendship's very frame supplies;
To be its savour sweet is duty of the wise
The constituents of friendship are (things done through) the right of intimacy; to be pleased with such a right is the duty of the wise.
Natpir Kuruppuk Kezhudhakaimai Matradharku
Uppaadhal Saandror Katan.
When to familiar acts men kind response refuse,
What fruit from ancient friendship's use
Of what avail is long-standing friendship, if friends do not admit as their own actions done through the right of intimacy ?.
Pazhakiya Natpevan Seyyung Kezhudhakaimai
Seydhaangu Amaiyaak Katai.
When friends unbidden do familiar acts with loving heart,
Friends take the kindly deed in friendly part
If friends, through the right of friendship, do (anything) without being asked, the wise will be pleased with them on account of its desirability.
Vizhaidhakaiyaan Venti Iruppar Kezhudhakaiyaar
Kelaadhu Nattaar Seyin.
Not folly merely, but familiar carelessness,
Esteem it, when your friends cause you distress
If friends should perform what is painful, understand that it is owing not only to ignorance, but also to the strong claims of intimacy.
Pedhaimai Ondro Perungizhamai Endrunarka
Nodhakka Nattaar Seyin.
Who stand within the bounds quit not, though loss impends,
Association with the old familiar friends
Those who stand within the limits (of true friendship) will not even in adversity give up the intimacy of long-standing friends.
Ellaikkan Nindraar Thuravaar Tholaivitaththum
Thollaikkan Nindraar Thotarpu.
True friends, well versed in loving ways,
Cease not to love, when friend their love betrays
Those who have (long) stood in the path of affection will not give it up even if their friends cause (them) their ruin.
Azhivandha Seyyinum Anparaar Anpin
Vazhivandha Kenmai Yavar.
In strength of friendship rare of friend's disgrace who will not hear,
The day his friend offends will day of grace to him appear
To those who understand that by which they should not listen to (tales about) the faults of their friends, that is a (profitable) day on which the latter may commit a fault.
Kelizhukkam Kelaak Kezhudhakaimai Vallaarkku
Naalizhukkam Nattaar Seyin.
Friendship of old and faithful friends,
Who ne'er forsake, the world commends
They will be loved by the world, who have not forsaken the friendship of those with whom they have kept up an unbroken long-standing intimacy.
Ketaaa Vazhivandha Kenmaiyaar Kenmai
Vitaaar Vizhaiyum Ulaku.
Ill-wishers even wish them well, who guard
For ancient friends, their wonted kind regard
Even enemies will love those who have never changed in their affection to their long-standingfriends.
Vizhaiyaar Vizhaiyap Patupa Pazhaiyaarkan
Panpin Thalaippiriyaa Thaar.