Saturday, January 23, 2010

On Speaking Gently

Speak Gently
By David Bates

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.
Speak gently to the young, for they
Will have enough to bear;
Pass through this life as best they may,
'Tis full of anxious care.
Speak gently to the aged one,
Grieve not the careworn heart
Whose sands of life are nearly run;
Let such in peace depart.

Speak gently to the erring; know
They must have toiled in vain;
Perchance unkindness made them so;
Oh, win them back again!
Speak gently; 'tis a little thing
Dropped in the heart's deep well;
The good, the joy, that it may bring,
Eternity shall tell.


  1. That is a lovely poem. Thank-you for sharing it Livvy!

  2. Wonderful poem and picture, Livvy! Thank you for sharing. I've really enjoyed all of your posts over this past week! :)

    ~ Love,

  3. What a lovely picture Livvy! I read the post about your new camera- do you know where your parents bought it from?

  4. Thank y'all for all the sweet comments!

    Kelsey, I'm glad you liked it!
    I do enjoy posting poems. :)

    Lindsay, thank you! I'm glad that you've enjoyed the posts, Lord willing I will be able to keep posting often. I have plently of pictures to do so with! ;D

    The Big Sister,
    I believe they bought it from this site:

    I think you can buy it at $60 below the suggested retail price there.
    I hope this helps you!

    Blessings y'all!

  5. wonderful livvy!!! Thanks!! please pray that i will be able to get a new camera... hugs :)