Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Let Each Man Learn to Know Himself

I discovered this hymn today and thought I would share it. It was hymn #91 from the 1948 LDS hymnbook.

Let Each Man Learn to Know Himself

Let each man learn to know himself;
To gain that knowledge let him labor,
Improve those feelings in himself
Which he condemns so in his neighbor.
How lenient our own faults we view,
And conscience's voice adeptly smother,
Yet, oh, how harshly we review
The selfsame failings in another!

(chorus)
Let each man learn to know himself;
To gain that knowledge let him labor,
Improve those failings in himself,
Which he condemns so in his neighbor.

And if you meet an erring one
Whose deeds are blameable 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 judgement 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 yourself today
And then improve your friends tomorrow.

See Teachings of the Presidents of the Church: Heber J. Grant, "Forgiving Others."

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