Have a Heart (Poem)

Have a Heart


Pray don’t find fault with the man that limps
Or stumbles along the road.
Unless you have worn the shoes he wears
Or struggled beneath his load.

There may be tacks in his shoes that hurt
Though hidden away from view,
Or the burden he bears, placed on your back
Might cause you to stumble to.

Don’t sneer at the man who’s down today
Unless you have felt the blow
That caused his fall or felt the shame
That only the fallen know.

You may be strong but still the blows
That were his, if dealt to you,
In the self-same way at the self-same time,
Might cause you to stagger too

Don’t be too harsh with the man that sins
Or pelt him with word or stone;
Unless you are sure,­ yea, doubly sure,
That you have no sins of your own.

For you know, perhaps, if the tempter’s voice
Should whisper as soft to you,
As it did to him when he went astray
It might cause you to falter too.

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