I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day,
I’d rather that you walk with me than merely show the way.
The eye’s a better teacher and more willing than the ear,
And counsel is confusing but example’s always clear.
The best of all the teachers are the ones who live the creed.
To see good put in action is what everybody needs.
I soon can learn to do it if you let me see it done.
I can watch your hand in action but your tongue too fast may run.
And the counsel you are giving may be very fine and true,
But I’d rather get my lesson 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.
One good man teaches many, men believe what they behold,
one deed of kindness noticed is worth forty that are told.
You see, folks who live with honour learn to hold their honour dear,
For right living speaks a language which to everyone is clear.
And though an able speaker charms me with his eloquence, I say
I would rather see a sermon than hear one any day.