Trust the written word but not the writers on them. They are dirty cheats all of them. With honeyed answered coating all their lies. Their words be silky smooth that slip as slick as satin when their cup are poured.
But the words they pen live in every era that live in timeless tongues. It opens all closed ears and let rhymes into souls. They may creak open minds or cause weeping eyes to spill hopefully they'll change the world bending to the word's own will.
The written words may not be true but put your trust in them. Spirits live within their iambs and the flows and ebbs. Such is the work of liars it is their only creed, their fail-safe from the fire.