Espionage -/- Warfare

12:7
Espionage

Fearlessness, invisibility, firmness, eloquence:
Elevate able spying

Concealants dress’d as ascetics
Freely probe undetected

Whenever spies concur unwittingly
Deem data correct

Before fearing bladed foes
Beware friendly traitors

***

Knowing everybody’s daily business
Statesmanship’s unceasing duty

Caning one’s secret agents
Prevents doubting outings

Publicly praising successful spying
Exposes secret agents


12:8
Warfare

Maintain, like beloved children,
Battle’s diabolical enginery

Promptly, at war’s onset,
Perish defenceless kings

In statecraft act straightforwardly
In warfare, craftily

Spirited, prudent, swift, decisive:
Combat’s optimum conduct

***

Infinities of petty circumstances
Disappoint military planning

No greater misfortune exists –
Underestermating one’s enemies

Enmitial capabilities absolutely essential
When waging war

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