Sunday, 12 September 2010

Pay Heed, You Politicians!

Not acquainted with Rudyard Kipling, but according to 'defender' commenting on a post by Cap'n Ranty the following was written in March 1915 and published 1917. 

It was not part of their blood,
It came to them very late,
With long arrears to make good,
When the English began to hate

They were not easily moved,
They were icy willing to wait
Till every count should be proved,
Ere the English began to hate.

Their voices were even and low,
Their eyes were level and straight.
There was neither sign nor show,
When the English began to hate.

It was not preached to the crowd,
It was not taught by the State.
No man spoke it aloud,
When the English began to hate.

It was not suddenly bred,
It will not swiftly abate,
Through the chill years ahead,
When shall count from the date
That the English began to hate.

3 comments:

john in cheshire said...

I wish we would hurry up and start.

13th Spitfire said...

Hate is not a good thing John, people do awful things when their normal, rational, composed self is blinded by hatred.

We can still win the argument without violence. Or so, at least, I hope.

(damn fine poem though)

Witterings From Witney said...

jic, patience dear chap, patience....

13th, regret that revolution will come, whether it is violent or not depends on the politicos.