David Bates

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

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Born at Indian Hill, Ohio, March 6, 1809, David Bates was educated as a clerk in Buffalo and then in a mercantile house in Indianapolis, Indiana. Eventually he rose in the company to be a full member and its buyer, and he and his family settled in Philadelphia. He contributed as a man of letters to journals and published a volume of poetry, Eolian, in 1849. His son Stockton, who published his ... more »

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  • Joana g perez (6/22/2019 3:28:00 AM)

    He read the speak gently

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  • K.c. Ford (6/25/2015 2:19:00 AM)

    He can't read your poems Soulful Heart. He's been dead for more than a century.

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  • Soulful Heart (3/24/2012 12:59:00 AM)

    As poet I felt I have to learn a lot with words...................hope u will give a few tips after u read my poems.............plzzzzzzzzzzzzz do read a few of mine.............will be glad to get your comments.

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Best Poem of David Bates


Reproach will seldom mend the young,
If they are left to need it;
The breath of love must stir the tongue,
If you would have them heed it.

How oft we see a child caressed
For little faults and failings,
Which should have been at first suppressed
To save the after railings!

If, when the heart would go astray,
You would the passion smother,
You must not tear the charm away,
But substitute another.

Thus it is pleasant to be led,
If he who leads will measure
The heart's affection by the head,
And make ...

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