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Священник Андрей Ковалёв

Echo, Echo

‘If any man offend not in word,
the same is a perfect man.’
(James 3:2)

Troubled echo on the ground
Recently was found, found
Message to us all to tell,
This is why I fell fell:

Echo’s following the sound
Repeating round after round.
All the words that’re sung or said
In a hurry spread, spread.

All the noise for what is worth
I am bringing forth, forth
Echoing against the sky
Sending it to fly, fly.

Echo this and echo that
People talk a lot, lot
Saying things that are important
And the things that’re not, not.

Don’t say words that you don’t mean.
Have a peace of mind. Mind?
Idle words and such, such.
Thank you very much, much.

‘If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.’ (James 3:2-13)