Chiding

David Bates 1809 (Indian Hill) – 1870



Reproach will seldom mend the young,
     If they are left to need it;
The breath of love must stir the tongue,
     If you would have them heed it.

How oft we see a child caressed
     For little faults and failings,
Which should have been at first suppressed
    To save the after railings!

If, when the heart would go astray,
    You would the passion smother,
You must not tear the charm away,
    But substitute another.

Thus it is pleasant to be led,
    If he who leads will measure
The heart's affection by the head,
    And make pursuit a pleasure.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Scheme ABAB CDCD EFEF GFGF
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 550
Words 100
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4

David Bates

David Bates was an American poet. He was born in Indian Hill, Ohio, and educated in Buffalo, New York, before working in first Indianapolis then Philadelphia. In 1849, he published a volume of poetry, Eolian. Among his best-known works are Speak Gently, Chiding, and Childhood. more…

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