David Bates

(6 March 1809 – 25 January 1870 / Indian Hill / Ohio)

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Born at Indian Hill, Ohio, March 6, 1809, David Bates was educated as a clerk in Buffalo and then in a mercantile house in Indianapolis, Indiana. Eventually he rose in the company to be a full member and its buyer, and he and his family settled in Philadelphia. He contributed as a man of letters to journals and published a volume of poetry, Eolian, in 1849. His son Stockton, who published his ... more »

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  • K.c. Ford K.c. Ford (6/25/2015 2:19:00 AM)

    He can't read your poems Soulful Heart. He's been dead for more than a century.

  • Soulful Heart Soulful Heart (3/24/2012 12:59:00 AM)

    As poet I felt I have to learn a lot with words...................hope u will give a few tips after u read my poems.............plzzzzzzzzzzzzz do read a few of mine.............will be glad to get your comments.

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Best Poem of David Bates

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 ...

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