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Three Gates

From the March 4, 1905 issue of the Christian Science Sentinel

The Housekeeper

If you are tempted to reveal
A tale some one to you has told
About another, make it pass,
Before you speak, three gates of gold.

These narrow gates—First, "Is it true?"
Then, "Is it needful?" In your mind
Give truthful answer. And the next
Is last and narrowest, "Is it kind?"

And if, to reach your lips at last,
It passes through these gateways three,
Then you may tell the tale, nor fear
What the result of speech may be.

The Housekeeper.

Each person knows God from an infallible demonstration in himself, and not on the slender grounds of men's "lo here" interpretations, or "lo there." —

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