Speak Gently

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.

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