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

always clear;

And the best of all the preachers are the men

who live their creeds,

For to see good put in action is what

everybody needs.

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

and true,

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

be kind.

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

guides today

Is not the one who tells them, but the one

who shows the way.


April 30, 1970