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 are better pupil and more willing than the ears,
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 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 lectures you believe may be very wise and true.
But I'd rather get my lessons by observing what you do;
For I may misunderstand you and the high advice you give,
But there's no misunuderstanding how you act and how you live.

When I see a deed of kindness I am eager to be kind,
When a weaker brother stumbles, and a strong man stays behind
Just to see if he can help him, then the wish grows strong in me
To become as big and thoughtful as I know that friend to be;
And all travelers can witness that the best of guides today
Is not the one who tells them, but the one who shows the way.

One good man teaches many, men believe that they behold,
One deed of kindness is worth forty that are told;
Who stands with men of honour learns to hold his honour dear.
For right living speaks a language which to every one is clear,
Though an able, speaker charms me with his eloquence, I say,
I'd rather see a sermon than to hear one any day.