Be True to the Best You Know

Be true to the best you know

Author: Jessie Brown Pounds
Tune: [Be true to the best you know]
Published in 4 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Be true to the best you know;
Be true to the dreams within;
Keep honor as clean as snow,
Untouched by the stain of sin.

Be true, be true,
He loses who stoops to win! to win!
Be true, be true,
Be true to the dreams within!

2 Be true to your soul’s best light;
Be true to your life’s best good;
Look up to the cross-marked height,
And stand as the brave have stood. [Refrain]

3 Be true to the best you know,
Let others do what they will;
Though onward alone you go,
Be true to the White Christ still. [Refrain]

Source: Hymns for Today: for Sunday Schools, Young People's Societies, The Church, The Home, Community Welfare Associations, and Patriotic Meetings #226

Author: Jessie Brown Pounds

Jessie Brown Pounds was born in Hiram, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland on 31 August 1861. She was not in good health when she was a child so she was taught at home. She began to write verses for the Cleveland newspapers and religious weeklies when she was fifteen. After an editor of a collection of her verses noted that some of them would be well suited for church or Sunday School hymns, J. H. Fillmore wrote to her asking her to write some hymns for a book he was publishing. She then regularly wrote hymns for Fillmore Brothers. She worked as an editor with Standard Publishing Company in Cincinnati from 1885 to 1896, when she married Rev. John E. Pounds, who at that time was a pastor of the Central Christian Church in Indianapolis. A memorab… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Be true to the best you know
Title: Be True to the Best You Know
Author: Jessie Brown Pounds
Language: English
Publication Date: 1918
Copyright: Public Domain



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