‘TIS good to speak in kindly guise,

And soothe where'er we can; 

Fair speech should bind the human mind,

And love link man to man. 

But stop not at the gentle words,

Let deeds with language dwell; 

The one who pities starving birds

Should scatter crumbs as well. 

The mercy that is warm and true

Must lend a helping hand; 

For those who talk, yet fail to do,

But "build upon the sand."

Eliza Cook