I’d Rather See a Sermon

This poem by Edgar Guest is convicting to me. May the Lord in his mercy continue the work He has begun. ~Anne

“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 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 done;
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.”

Edgar Guest

2 thoughts on “I’d Rather See a Sermon

    1. I really enjoy most of Edgar Guests poetry. I use a lot of them for copywork lessons. Thanks for visiting and commenting Dana!

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