David Bates

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

Childhood

Poem by David Bates

Childhood, sweet and sunny childhood,
With its careless, thoughtless air,
Like the verdant, tangled wildwood,
Wants the training hand of care.

See it springing all around us --
Glad to know, and quick to learn;
Asking questions that confound us;
Teaching lessons in its turn.

Who loves not its joyous revel,
Leaping lightly on the lawn,
Up the knoll, along the level,
Free and graceful as a fawn?

Let it revel; it is nature
Giving to the little dears
Strength of limb, and healthful features,
For the toil of coming years.

He who checks a child with terror,
Stops its play, and stills its song,
Not alone commits an error,
But a great and moral wrong.

Give it play, and never fear it --
Active life is no defect;
Never, never break its spirit --
Curb it only to direct.

Would you dam the flowing river,
Thinking it would cease to flow?
Onward it must go forever --
Better teach it where to go.

Childhood is a fountain welling,
Trace its channel in the sand,
And its currents, spreading, swelling,
Will revive the withered land.

Childhood is the vernal season;
Trim and train the tender shoot;
Love is to the coming reason,
As the blossom to the fruit.

Tender twigs are bent and folded --
Art to nature beauty lends;
Childhood easily is moulded;
Manhood breaks, but seldom bends.


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  • Teena Adrian (2/16/2020 2:01:00 PM)

    Lovely poems. Lovely thoughts. Thank you.(Report)Reply

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  • Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike (10/11/2019 8:10:00 PM)

    Well expressed thoughts and feelings. An insightful piece of poetry written with conviction.......................(Report)Reply

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  • Anishrubhan (7/10/2018 11:41:00 AM)

    Super Poem(Report)Reply

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  • Leela chatterjee (6/7/2018 9:42:00 PM)

    The poem is not worth reading. A poet is born.He can not be made a poet.(Report)Reply

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  • someone u hate (4/11/2018 11:22:00 AM)

    gay poem! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !(Report)Reply

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  • hater (2/15/2018 1:28:00 PM)

    your stupid lllllllllllllll(Report)Reply

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  • lamya (11/26/2017 8:20:00 AM)

    wowwwwwwwwwww! ! ! !
    but say it in tune
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  • boi135 (11/20/2017 10:34:00 AM)

    boi these poems are trash(Report)Reply

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  • Heer patel (11/12/2017 1:59:00 AM)

    Osm poems I love it 😗(Report)Reply

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (12/10/2016 5:05:00 AM)

    Indeed, the days of childhood can never be compared with those of adolescence or young and old aged......Life is playful in the hands of kids....(Report)Reply

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  • David PassDavid Pass (11/29/2016 6:42:00 AM)

    Beautifully captures the spirit of childhood - learning and adapting. Need to encourage children and be gentle with teaching them. Thank you(Report)Reply

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  • Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike (4/19/2015 10:25:00 AM)

    Beautiful piece of poetry, well articulated and nicely penned in poetic diction. Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Michelle ClausMichelle Claus (3/24/2014 6:06:00 PM)

    Witnessing a scene in which a child's benign free spirit is clipped, it breaks my heart. I agree with the sentiment of this poem, give a child safe parameters within which to be free and creative. The form of the poem is okay.... Thank you.(Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh RaiRamesh Rai (3/24/2014 12:31:00 PM)

    Childhood is a fountain welling,
    Trace its channel in the sand,
    And its currents, spreading,
    swelling,
    Will revive the withered land.(Report)Reply

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  • Francie LynchFrancie Lynch (3/24/2014 12:14:00 PM)

    So many future adolescent problems could be avoided with this poem's advice. Some lines could use revision.(Report)Reply

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  • Shahzia BatoolShahzia Batool (3/24/2014 11:36:00 AM)

    He who checks a child with terror,
    Stops its play, and stills its song,
    Not alone commits an error,
    But a great and moral wrong.

    all true and tender! ! !(Report)Reply

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  • Paul ReedPaul Reed (3/24/2014 6:10:00 AM)

    Childhood... will revive the withered land. Wonderful wisdom often forgotten(Report)Reply

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  • Mary PagdatiMary Pagdati (3/24/2012 10:48:00 AM)

    This is truly a superb poem - it touched my heart and I enjoyed it immensly. The beauty of a child's innocence is so magnificent. It's no wonder God urges us to live in that degree of innocence.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 8, 2001