Telling Tales

Check what you saw with who you’ve seen before you make reports.

The tale you tell may fail to stand when challenged in a court. 

It’s to your shame if you defame a neighbor not at fault,

Whose secrets you have brought to light by careless futile talk.

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A neighbor is someone who trusts, not fodder for your mill.

The things you say can harm or slay and enmity instill.

A hostile word that someone heard can bring a shameful end.

So tell the truth or shut your mouth, and hold onto a friend.

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Photo:  by  United Nations Covid Response on Unsplash

Source: Proverbs 8,9,10,18,19 

Text:  © David Alexander, 2021

Tune:    Spes Celestis, Public Domain

Score:  https://www.smallchurchmusic.com/2019/Score/HowHappyEveryChild-SpesCelestis-Chords.pdf 

Audio:  www.smallchurchmusic.com  Used by Permission

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