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    Lightbulb The Song of the White Men, by Rudyard Kipling (1899)

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    THE SONG OF THE WHITE MEN

    Rudyard Kipling, 1899

    Now this is the cup the White Men drink
    ..When they go to right a wrong,
    And that is the cup of the old world's hate -
    ..Cruel and stained and strong.
    We have drunk that cup-and a bitter, bitter cup -
    ..And tossed the dregs away.
    But well for the world when the White Men drink
    ..To the dawn of the White Man's day!


    Now this is the road that the White Men tread
    ..When they go to clean a land -
    Iron underfoot and levin overhead
    ..And the deep on either hand.
    We have trod that road-and a wet and windy road
    ..Our chosen star for guide.
    Oh, well for the world when the White Men tread
    ..Their highway side by side!


    Now, this is the faith that the White Men hold
    ..When they build their homes afar -
    "Freedom for ourselves and freedom for our sons
    ..And, failing freedom, War."
    We have proved our faith - bear witness to our faith,
    ..Dear souls of freemen slain!
    Oh, well for the world when the White Men join
    ..To prove their faith again!
    Let them hate as long as they fear.

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    "The Heritage" by Kipling

    The Heritage

    Our Fathers in a wondrous age,
    Ere yet the Earth was small,
    Ensured to us a heritage,
    And doubted not at all
    That we, the children of their heart,
    Which then did beat so high,
    In later time should play like part
    For our posterity.

    A thousand years they steadfast built,
    To 'vantage us and ours,
    The Walls that were a world's despair,
    The sea-constraining Towers:
    Yet in their midmost pride they knew,
    And unto Kings made known,
    Not all from these their strength they drew,
    Their faith from brass or stone.

    Youth's passion, manhood's fierce intent,
    With age's judgment wise,
    They spent, and counted not they spent,
    At daily sacrifice.
    Not lambs alone nor purchased doves
    Or tithe of trader's gold --
    Their lives most dear, their dearer loves,
    They offered up of old.

    Refraining e'en from lawful things,
    They bowed the neck to bear
    The unadorned yoke that brings
    Stark toil and sternest care.
    Wherefore through them is Freedom sure;
    Wherefore through them we stand,
    From all but sloth and pride secure,
    In a delightsome land.

    Then, fretful, murmur not they gave
    So great a charge to keep,
    Nor dream that awestruck Time shall save
    Their labour while we sleep.
    Dear-bought and clear, a thousand year,
    Our fathers' title runs.
    Make we likewise their sacrifice,
    Defrauding not our sons.

    -Rudyard Kipling
    -In kalte Schatten versunken... /Germaniens Volk erstarrt / Gefroren von Lügen / In denen die Welt verharrt-
    -Die alte Seele trauernd und verlassen / Verblassend in einer erklärbaren Welt / Schwebend in einem Dunst der Wehmut / Ein Schrei der nur unmerklich gellt-
    -Auch ich verspüre Demut / Vor dem alten Geiste der Ahnen / Wird es mir vergönnt sein / Gen Walhalla aufzufahren?-

    (Heimdalls Wacht, In kalte Schatten versunken, stanzas 4-6)

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