Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Wednesdays with Words :: See thy speech be sweet and rare

I came across this beautiful poem in Charlotte Mason's fifth volume, Formation of Character. I don't know if these are Miss Mason's own words, or if she was quoting someone else, but this poem is a beautiful reminder of the duty that parents have in their behavior toward their children. I encourage you to read it slowly and carefully.

Weigh his estate and thine; accustom'd, he,
To all sweet courtly usage that obtains
Where dwells the King. How with thy utmost pains,
Canst thou produce what shall full worthy be?
One, 'greatest in the kingdom,' is with thee,
Whose being yet discerns the Father's face
And, thence replenish'd, glows with constant grace:
Take fearful heed lest he despised be!
Order thy goings softly, as before
A Prince; nor let thee out unmannerly
In thy rude moods and irritable: more, 
Beware lest round him wind of words rave free.
Refrain thee; see thy speech be sweet and rare:
Thy ways, considered; and thine aspect, fair. 

~ Charlotte Mason
Formation of Character

Linking up with Dawn for Wednesdays with Words


  1. I didn't quite know where this book was going until I got past the middle. I've enjoyed it very much and have been surprised again that CM's ideas back then are so applicable now.

  2. This *is* beautiful. I saved it to read when i had real time. I love how it emphasizes our union with Christ.


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