Falsehood Forbidden

Girl is sitting near the river

I must not tell a lie,
Whate'er 's the price to win;
For God, with his all-seeing eye,
Would frown upon the sin.

I must not use deceit,
By any art or wile,
Another's faith and trust to cheat;
For God abhors the guile.

They who can falsely smile
With lips that utter prayer,
Insult their Maker; and the while
Are in the tempter's snare.

I must not boldly seek
My conscience to suppress;
For soon or late will conscience speak,
And truth obtain redress.

For God enthroned on high,
Doth out from Heaven declare,
That naught which maketh here a lie,
Shall find an entrance there.
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  "Honesty is the best policy." It is just as it is. No lies can be good for something. Richly decorated they fail in some unexpected way.

It is like a false smile to please somebody, but you know very well what is behind it.

To be as you are and to say the truth — it is the most important value in communication with people. We can be accepted and can be rejected. But you will be the right, because you stay who you are.

© Katia Marynowska


* Poem "Falsehood Forbidden" by Hannah Flagg Gould (1789-1865).

# Painting "Quiet Moment Near the River" by Maria Alekseevna Fedorova (1859-1934); PD.

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