Judge Gently, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Pray don’t find fault with the man who 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 too.

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 selfsame way, at the selfsame time,

might cause you to stagger too.

Don’t be too harsh with the man who 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 softly to you

as it did to him when he went astray,

it might cause you to stumble too.



‘Every man has his secret sorrows, which the world knows not; and oftentimes

we call a man cold when he is only sad.’


Andrea Jackson The Holistic Celebrant

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