David Bates

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

Poems of David Bates

1. Chiding 5/8/2001
2. Childhood 5/8/2001
3. Speak Gently 5/8/2001

Childhood

Childhood, sweet and sunny childhood,
With its careless, thoughtless air,
Like the verdant, tangled wildwood,
Wants the training hand of care.

See it springing all around us --
Glad to know, and quick to learn;
Asking questions that confound us;
Teaching lessons in its turn.

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