SERMONS WE SEE
~by EDGAR A. GUEST, 1926
I'd rather see a sermon than hear one
I'd rather one should 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;
And the best of all the preachers are
the men who live their creeds,
For to see the good in action is what
I can soon learn how to do it if you'll
let me see it done.
I can watch your hands in action, but
your tongue too fast may run.
And the lectures you deliver may be
very wise and true;
But I'd rather get my lesson by
observing what you do.
For I may misunderstand you and the
high advice you give,
But there's no misunderstanding how
you act and how you live.
Painting: Portrait of a Priest, by Giacomo Ceruti, early 1730s
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