Sermons We See

I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day;
I’d rather one would walk with me than merely show the way;
The eye’s a better pupil and more willing than the ear,
Fine counsel is confusing, but example’s always clear.
The best of all the preachers are men who live their creeds,
For to see the good in action is what everybody needs.

I soon can learn to do it, if you let me see it done,
I can watch your hands in action, but your tongue too fast may run;
The lectures you deliver may be very wise and true,
But I’d get my lessons by observing what you do;
I may not understand the high advice that you may give,
But there’s no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.

One good man teachers many, men believe what they behold;
One deed of kindness noticed is worth forty that are told,
Who stands with men of honour learns to hold his honour deaar,
For right living speaks a language which to everyone is clear,
Though an able speaker charms us with eloquence, I say
I’d rather see a sermon than hear one, any day.

Edgar Guest


With many peaceful blessings



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