Ministers -/- Envoys

12:5
Ministers

Minsisterial ability clearly revealed
Handling troubled times

Soundly advising ignorant leaders
First ministerial duty

Complicated issues seldom settled
Without detailed discussions

Clever cabinets cast out
Winking, whispering turnoats

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Faultlessness, scrupulosity, patriotism, sinophobia:
Esteem’d ministerial attributes

Firmness, respectability, lucidity, persistence:
Moulds good ministers

Approachablity, erudition, energy, decisiveness:
Edifices of office


12:6
Envoys

Loyalty, wisdom, infallibility, eloquence:
Indispensable ambassadorial attributes

Erudition, energy, eloquence, etiquette:
Empowers impressive emissaries

Decorum, timing, delivery, balance:
Define chief envoys

Purity, respect, posipraxis, honesty:
Complement faithful diplomats

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Deliver unto bellicose realms
Cleverest, uncontroversial consuls

Words – flawless, flattering, focused –
Elucidate royal replies

Exemplifying, soundly, diplomacy’s art
Destroys enemy joys

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