Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, BE TRUE [THYSELF], by HORATIO (HORATIUS) BONAR

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First Line: Thou must be true thyself
Last Line: A great and noble creed.
Subject(s): Religion; Theology

Thou must be true thyself,
If thou the truth wouldst teach!
Thy soul must overflow, if thou
Another's soul wouldst reach;
It needs the overflow of heart
To give the lips full speech.

Think truly, and thy thoughts
Shall the world's famine feed;
Speak truly, and each word of thine
Shall be a fruitful seed;
Live truly, and thy life shall be
A great and noble creed.

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