Treasure Island

David Bates

(6 March 1809 – 25 January 1870 / Indian Hill / Ohio)

Poems of David Bates

1. Chiding 5/8/2001
2. Childhood 5/8/2001
3. Speak Gently 5/8/2001

Speak Gently

Speak gently! -- It is better far
To rule by love, than fear --
Speak gently -- let not harsh words mar
The good we might do here!

Speak gently! -- Love doth whisper low
The vows that true hearts bind;
And gently Friendship's accents flow;
Affection's voice is kind.

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