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Be Careful What You Say

From the Grand Forks Daily Herald, August 12, 1914.

In speaking of a person’s faults,
    Pray don’t forget your own;
Remember, those with home of glass
    Should seldom throw a stone.
If we had nothing else to do
    But talk of those who sin,
’Tis better we commence at home
    And from that point begin.

We have no right to judge a man
    Until he’s fairly tried;
Should we not like his company
    We know the world is wide.
Some may have faults—and who has not?
    The old as well as young—
Perhaps we may, for ought we know,
    Have fifty to their one.

I’ll tell you of a better plan,
    And find it works full well,
To try my own defects to cure,
    Before of others tell.
And though I sometimes hope to be
    No more than some I know,
My own shortcomings bid me let
    The faults of others go.

Then let us, when we commence
    To slander friend or foe,
Think of the harm one word would do
    To those we little know.
Remember, curses sometimes like
    Our chickens, ‘roost at home’:
Don’t speak of others’ faults until
    We have none of our own.

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