A Lesson for EVERYONE of Us
Edgar A. Guest
I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day:
I'd rather one should walk with me than
merely tell the way.
The eye's a better Pupil and more willing
than the ear.
Fine counsel is confusing, but example's
And the best of all the preachers are the men
who live their creeds,
For to see good put in action is what
I soon can learn to do it if you'll let me see it
I can watch your hands in action, but your
tongue too fast may run.
And the lecture you deliver may be very wise
But I'd rather get my lessons by observing
what you do;
For I might misunderstand you and the high
advice you give,
But there's no misunderstanding how you act
and how you live.
When I see a deed of kindness, I am eager to
When a weaker brother stumbles and a
strong man stays behind
Just to see if he can help him, then the wish
grows strong in me
To become as big and thoughtful as I know
that friend to be.
And all travelers can witness that the best of
Is not the one who tells them, but the one
who shows the way.
TRUTH MAGAZINE XIV: 25, p. 2
April 30, 1970