” I’d rather see a sermon, than hear one any day.
I’d rather once you 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 the example’s always clear.
I soon can learn to do it, if you let me see it done.
I can see your hands in action, but your tongue too fast may run.
And the lectures you deliver, may be very fine and true.
But I’d rather get my lesson, by observing what you do.
For a person must understand you, and the high advice you give.
But there’s no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.”