Advice – From Peter’s Mother

Speak Gently
 Speak gently! — It is better far
    To rule by love, than fear —
Speak gently — let not harsh words mar
    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!
    Its 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 may,
   ‘T is full of anxious care!

Speak gently to the aged one,
  Grieve not the care-worn heart;
The sands of life are 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 may 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! — ‘t is a little thing
  Dropped in the heart’s deep well;
The good, the joy, which it may bring,
  Eternity shall tell.

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