Words And Tones
It is not so much what you say,
As the manner in which you say it;
It is not so much the language you use,
As the tones in which you convey it.
The words may be mild and fair,
And the tones may pierce like a dart;
The words may be soft as the summer air,
And the tones may break the heart.
For words come from the mind,
And grow by study and art;
But the tones leap forth from the inner self,
And reveal the state of the heart.
Whether you know it or not –
Whether you mean or care –
Gentleness, kindness, love and hate,
Envy and anger are there.
Then would you quarrels avoid,
And in peace and love rejoice
Keep anger not only out of your words,
But keep it out of your voice.