David Bates

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

Chiding

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!

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