Speak Gently Poem by David Bates

Speak Gently

Rating: 3.4

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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Panmelys Panmelys 04 April 2015

Beautiful, it is indeed a poem to be read daily, by all. May I add a last few lines of A Credo to join hands with yours. Teach your soul Loving Kindness to all As credo! Panmelys 2014 Peace be with you for sharing such glowing words as an example to cherish. Kindly.

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Leloudia Migdali 04 April 2015

Lovely poem! Everyone should read it once every day!

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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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John-Preston 15 June 2020

I learn this poem in school but lose the words. I thank you for publishing it. I search and I search but could not find it. I was 12 years old when I learn it now I am 70 years thank you for posting it.

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Umang 11 July 2018

Actually I can’t understand that why does the poet says that affection voice is kind

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F hun nvc 02 May 2018

Very bad

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Vanshika 15 December 2017

No meanings available

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val Rogers 04 April 2015

I am so amazed at this magically written poem. I'll give an 8 rating.

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David Bates

David Bates

Indian Hill / Ohio
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