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Speak gently. It is better by far


to rule by love than fear.


Speak gently. Let no harsh word mar


the good you 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 care-worn heart,


whose sand 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...'tis a little thing


dropped in the heart's deep well;


The good, the joy that it may bring


eternity shall tell.



-- Author Unknown


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