Exercise condition:

Answer variants:
Speak gently to the little child!
Eternity shall tell.
The vows that true hearts bind;
Will have enough to bear –
They may have toiled in vain;
The sands of life are nearly run,
Speak gently, kindly, to the poor;
To rule by love, than fear
The good we might do here!
Said to them, ‘Peace, be still.’
Speak gently! – It is better far

Speak gently – let not harsh words mar

Speak gently! – Love doth whisper low

And gently Friendship’s accents flow;
Affection’s voice is kind.

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

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;

Let such in peace depart!

Let no harsh tone be heard;
They have enough they must endure,
Without an unkind word!

Speak gently to the erring – know,

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,

Speak gently! – ’tis a little thing
Dropped in the heart’s deep well;
The good, the joy, which it may bring,
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