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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! – ’tis a little thing
     Dropped in the heart’s deep well;
The good, the joy, which it may bring,
     Eternity shall tell.
The poet urges us to be soft and polite with the elderly people. Generally, older people tend to go through a lot having a fair share of happiness and worry. When they are old, their body is worn out, and the mind becomes less active. They need care and attention like any child. One must speak to them with care and attention as they are left with only little time to live.

One must be kind and gentle towards poor people. They don't enjoy a luxurious life and are already suffering to get food, money, and shelter. So speaking to them in a tone that is not rude and not using rough and unkind words might make their lives better. They have to go through enough problems in their life to earn a living and to feed their families.

One must speak gently to the prisoners who have made several mistakes in their lives. There is a possibility that they turned into criminals, as a result of previous trauma or misery. Wise words can win their hearts and make them a better person.

One must remember to speak gently to God. God is always there for people in need. He even gave up his life for man's stubborn will.  He made sure to prevail peace when all the elements on earth were in a battle against each other. So one speak to the god with the utmost softness in prayer.

The poet compares our hearts to a deep well. He says one must talk to themselves in a gentle way that happiness and joy prevails, and to every man ever after.
Meaning of difficult words:
EndureSuffer patiently.
Perchance By any chance.
Toiled Work extremely hard.
Stubborn Persistent.
Eternity Life after death.
State Council of Educational Research and Training (2019). Term-1 English Standard-7. Your Space by David Bates (pp. 70-72). Published by the Tamil Nadu Textbook and Educational Services Corporation.