“I am silent with the angry,
Patient with the ignorant.
So as to quell strife.
I am cool, free of haste,
Knowing the outcome, expecting what comes.
I am a speaker in situations of strife,
One who knows which phrase causes anger.
I am friendly when I hear my name
To him who would tell me (his) concern.
I am controlled, kind, friendly,
One who calms the weeper with good words.
I am one bright-faced to his client,
Beneficent to his equal.
I am a straight one in his lord’s house,
Who knows flattery when it is spoken,
I am bright-faced, open-handed,
An owner of food who does not cover his face.
I am a friend of the poor,
One well-disposed to the have-not.
I am one who feeds the hungry in need,
Who is open-handed to the pauper.”
~ Miriam Lichtheim, Ancient Egyptian Literature, Volume I: The Old and Middle Kingdoms