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GUEST,Al Origin: Let Each Man Learn to Know Himself (22) RE: Let each man learn to know himself?????? 21 Sep 08


How lenient our own faults we view
and conscience voice adeptly smother;
yet, oh, how harshly we review
the self same failings in another.

And if you meet an erring one
whose deeds are blamable and thoughtless,
consider, ere you cast the stone,
if you yourself are pure and faultless.

Oh, list to that small voice within,
whose whisperings oft make men confounded
and trumpet not another's sin,
you'd blush deep if your own were sounded.

And in self judgment if you find
your deeds to others are superior,
to you has Providence been kind,
as you should be to those inferior.

Example sheds a genial ray
of light which men are apt to borrow.
So first improve your self today
and then improve your friends tomorrow.

Let each man learn to know himself,
to gain that knowledge let him labour
to improve those failings in himself
which he condemns so in his neighbour.
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On page 144 from a book first published in 1871

Title: Hermes Mercurius Trismegistus his Devine Pymander
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Edited by Pashal Beverly Randolph

Note: the Mormon hymn transposed the last four lines from the end to the beginning of the poem.


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