Be silent, hold your tongue

Be silent, hold your tongue: do not
In haste make such an oath: in words there will
Be buried several sounds of meaning: steal
Instead a breath – think, how, if you do not
Make promises, your soul has lighter lot,
And how your tongue (as sharp or full of skill
It may well be) should be the living fill
Of just one mouth: then you will not be caught
Away with what you mumble, claim, or say,
Or suffer consequence of anger, shame,
Or disappointment: keep peace, never sway,
And never through your voice seek living fame
But hold your tongue, be silent, and be sure
Of safety and a carefree heart’s allure.
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