1. Should you feel inclined to censureFaults you may in others view,Ask your own heart, ere you venture,If you have not failings, too.Let not friendly vows be broken;Rather strive a friend to gain.Many words in anger spokenFind their passage home again.
2. Do not, then, in idle pleasureTrifle with a brother’s fame;Guard it as a valued treasure,Sacred as your own good name.Do not form opinions blindly;Hastiness to trouble tends;Those of whom we thought unkindlyOft become our warmest friends.
Text: Anon., ca. 1863Music: Philip Paul Bliss, 1838–1876