Speak gently; it is better far
To rule by love than fear.
Speak gently; let no harsh word mar
The good we may do here. 4
Speak gently to the little child;
Its love be sure to gain;
Teach it in accents soft and mild,
It may not long remain. 8
Speak gently to the aged one;
Grieve not the careworn heart;
Whose sands of life are nearly run;
Let such in peace depart. 12
Speak gently; 'tis a little thing
Dropped in the heart's deep well;
The good, the joy that it may bring
Eternity shall tell. 16
A: Notes Lines
1. gently: softly; kindly
3. harsh: cruel; angry.
to mar: to spoil.
7. accents: tone of voice.
10. to grieve: to cause unhappiness to.
careworn: worried; anxious, tired.