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Speak gently

Speak gently! It is better far to rule by love than fear;
Speak gently! Let no harsh words mar the good we might do here.

Speak gently! For love whispers low the vows that true hearts bind;
And gently friendship's accents flow -- affection's voice is kind.

Speak gently to the young, for they will have enough to bear.
Pass through this life as best they may, it's full of anxious care.

Speak gently to the aged one, grieve not the careworn heart;
The sands of time are nearly run, let each in peace depart.

Speak gently to the erring; they may have toiled in vain.
Perhaps 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 -- eternity will tell.

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