Inspirations - Speak Gently
by Life Positive
Speak gently! It is better by far
To rule by love, than fear;
Speak gently! Let no harsh words
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,
It’s 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
‘T is full of anxious care!
Speak gently to the aged one,
Grieve not the care-worn heart.
The course of life is 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 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! ‘tis a little thing,
Dropped in the heart’s deep well
The good, the joy which it may bring
Long days to come shall tell
by David Bates
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