The story goes, “In days of old, a Man
Held this to be self-evident: do not
Reveal what’s told to you, until you can
Examine its intent; the way is fraught,
Each step, a chance to undertake a test —
Go thoughtfully through three pure Gates of Gold:
One asks, ‘Is it true?’ Two asks, ‘Is it Best?’
Lastly, ‘Is it Kind?’ If not, put on hold.”
Do not impart what could be quite untrue —
Go carefully, for traps are set to bind
A man whose tongue is loose — and debts accrue
To him whose words, unneeded, are unkind.
Each time temptation lures your wayward voice,
Stand at these Golden Gates, and make your choice.
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