I'd Rather See A Sermon

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Edgar Guest

I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day; 
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 good put into action is what everybody needs.

I can learn to do it, if you'll let me see it done; 
I can watch your hand in action, but your tongue too fast may run. 
And the lecture you deliver may be very well and true, 
But I'd rather get my lesson by observing what you do; 
For I might misunderstand you, the high advice you give, 
But, there's no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.