When those you find from whom 'tis meet to ask,- for aid apply;
Theirs is the sin, not yours, if they the gift deny
If you meet with those that may be begged of, you may beg; (but) if they withhold (their gift) it is their blame and not yours.
Irakka Iraththakkaark Kaanin Karappin
Avarpazhi Thampazhi Andru.
Even to ask an alms may pleasure give,
If what you ask without annoyance you receive
Even begging may be pleasant, if what is begged for is obtained without grief (to him that begs).
Inpam Oruvarku Iraththal Irandhavai
Thunpam Uraaa Varin.
The men who nought deny, but know what's due, before their face
To stand as suppliants affords especial grace
There is even a beauty in standing before and begging of those who are liberal in their gifts and understand their duty (to beggars).
Karappilaa Nenjin Katanarivaar Munnindru
Irappumo Reer Utaiththu.
Like giving alms, may even asking pleasant seem,
From men who of denial never even dream
To beg of such as never think of withholding (their charity) even in their dreams, is in fact the same as giving (it oneself);.
Iraththalum Eedhale Polum Karaththal
Kanavilum Thetraadhaar Maattu.
Because on earth the men exist, who never say them nay,
Men bear to stand before their eyes for help to pray
As there are in the world those that give without refusing, there are (also) those that prefer to beg by simply standing before them.
Karappilaar Vaiyakaththu Unmaiyaal Kannindru
Irappavar Merkol Vadhu.
It those you find from evil of 'denial' free,
At once all plague of poverty will flee
All the evil of begging will be removed at the sight of those who are far from the evil of refusing.
Karappitumpai Yillaaraik Kaanin Nirappitumpai
Ellaam Orungu Ketum.
If men are found who give and no harsh words of scorn employ,
The minds of askers, through and through, will thrill with joy
Beggars rejoice exceedingly when they behold those who bestow (their alms) with kindness and courtesy.
Ikazhndhellaadhu Eevaaraik Kaanin Makizhndhullam
Ullul Uvappadhu Utaiththu.
If askers cease, the mighty earth, where cooling fountains flow,
Will be a stage where wooden puppets come and go
If there were no beggars, (the actions done in) the cool wide world would only resemble the movement of a puppet.
Irappaarai Illaayin Eernganmaa Gnaalam
Marappaavai Sendruvan Thatru.
What glory will there be to men of generous soul,
When none are found to love the askers' role
What (praise) would there be to givers (of alms) if there were no beggars to ask for and reveive (them).
Eevaarkan Ennuntaam Thotram Irandhukol
Mevaar Ilaaak Katai.
Askers refused from wrath must stand aloof;
The plague of poverty itself is ample proof
He who begs ought not to be angry (at a refusal); for even the misery of (his own) poverty should be a sufficient reason (for so doing).
Irappaan Vekulaamai Ventum Nirappitumpai
Thaaneyum Saalum Kari.