I Would Be True (poem)

A beautiful poem (turned hymn) written circa 1906. I post only the first half as it’s the part that made me stop ⛔ and think 💭. It would make a great oath… Just change the “would” to “shall”.

  1. I would be true, for there are those who trust me;
    I would be pure, for there are those who care;
    I would be strong, for there is much to suffer;
    I would be brave, for there is much to dare.
  2. I would be friend of all—the foe, the friendless;
    I would be giving, and forget the gift;
    I would be humble, for I know my weakness;
    I would look up, and laugh, and love, and lift.
  1. Howard Arnold Walter (19 August 1883 – 1 November 1918)

Rambam on Truth

Truth does not become more true by virtue of the fact that the entire world agrees with it, nor less so even if the whole world disagrees with it.

Rambam, The Guide for the Perplexed