No. 15 Always Speak the Truth

Verse 1:
Be the matter what it may,
Always speak the truth;
Whether work, or whether play,
Always speak the truth.
Never from this rule depart;
Grave it deeply on your heart;
Written ’tis on virtue’s chart,
Always speak the truth.

Verse 2:
There’s a charm in verity;
Always speak the truth;
But there’s meanness in a lie,
Always speak the truth.
He is but a coward, slave,
Who, a present pain to waive,
Stoops to falsehood; then be brave;
Always speak the truth.

Verse 3:
Falsehood seldom stands alone,
Always speak the truth;
One begets another one,
Always speak the truth.
Falsehood all the soul degrades,
Stains with sin and ever breeds
Evil thoughts and darker deeds;
Always speak the truth.

J.W. Pratt

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