Speak Gently Poem by David Bates

Speak Gently

Rating: 3.6

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.

Speak gently to the little child!
Its love be sure to gain;
Teach it in accents soft and mild: --
It may not long remain.

Speak gently to the young, for they
Will have enough to bear --
Pass through this life as best they may,
'T is full of anxious care!

Speak gently to the aged one,
Grieve not the care-worn heart;
The sands of life are nearly run,
Let such in peace depart!

Speak gently, kindly, to the poor;
Let no harsh tone be heard;
They have enough they must endure,
Without an unkind word!

Speak gently to the erring -- know,
They may have toiled in vain;
Perchance unkindness made them so;
Oh, win them back again!

Speak gently! -- He who gave his life
To bend man's stubborn will,
When elements were in fierce strife,
Said to them, 'Peace, be still.'

Speak gently! -- 't is a little thing
Dropped in the heart's deep well;
The good, the joy, which it may bring,
Eternity shall tell.

Sarah Wes 23 April 2009

beautiful! wonderful message too. i love it!

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Gabina (gabby) Gomez 24 March 2010

like it this is one that i might want to read again, , later in life

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Kim Barney 04 April 2015

Excellent poem with an excellent message. Deserves a much higher rating than the 6.5 out of ten given by the 51 voters so far!

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Sylvia Frances Chan 05 February 2023

You are absolutely right, Kim, from me this poem gets the myriad stars in our galaxy, please count that for me, thank you, Kim

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Leloudia Migdali 04 April 2015

Lovely poem! Everyone should read it once every day!

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Sylvia Frances Chan 05 February 2023

Great precious message in this Classic Poem Of The Day. Congratulations to the family of the late poet. Top Marks!

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Sylvia Frances Chan 05 February 2023

This poem emphasis upon speaking gently. By speaking gently we can attain the spiritual power of rule. Treating someone harshly is a kind of moral sin which can devastate our good deeds. Speak gently is the best way to train a child and win over his love and trust.

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Nabakishore Dash 05 February 2023

Fantastic and awesome.

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Savita Tyagi 05 February 2023

Speak gently! -- 't is a little thing Dropped in the heart's deep well; ….thank you for this beautiful reminder.

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MAHTAB BANGALEE 05 February 2023

Be gentle everywhere with everyone anytime it's great character of human; great to read

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David Bates

David Bates

Indian Hill / Ohio
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