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“Poet’s Corner” – More Kipling

Since so many of you enjoyed the poems by Kipling we posted a short while ago here, we thought you might enjoy the following selection. The first one is, again very prescient. Kipling might have had our governments in mind who prefer paying Dane-Geld to applying the Law, never mind coming up with solutions. Let’s not forget that it is us, through our taxes, who are forced to pay Dane-Geld thanks to the supine and lazy attitude of this and past governments!


IT IS always a temptation to an armed and agile nation

To call upon a neighbour and to say: –

“We invaded you last night – we are quite prepared to fight,

Unless you pay us cash to go away.”

And that is called asking for Dane-geld,

And the people who ask it explain

That you’ve only to pay ’em the Dane-geld

And then you’ll get rid of the Dane!

It is always a temptation for a rich and lazy nation,

To puff and look important and to say: –

“Though we know we should defeat you,

we have not the time to meet you.

We will therefore pay you cash to go away.”

And that is called paying the Dane-geld;

But we’ve proved it again and again,

That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld

You never get rid of the Dane.

It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation,

For fear they should succumb and go astray;

So when you are requested to pay up or be molested,

You will find it better policy to say: —

“We never pay any-one Dane-geld,

No matter how trifling the cost;

For the end of that game is oppression and shame,

And the nation that plays it is lost!”

Just  so – and are there not now many voices who cry that our country is lost already?

The next poem is the prime example for how the ignorant, unthinking Left reads a title, thinks it’s gotta be racist, and condemns poem and poet forthwith, without any thought of what was actually said and meant. So without further ado, here’s your opportunity to make up your own minds on what this poem means:

The white man’s burden

TAKE up the White Man’s burden –

Send forth the best ye breed –

Go bind your sons to exile

To serve your captives’ need;

To wait in heavy harness

On fluttered folk and wild –

Your new-caught sullen peoples,

Half devil and half child.

Take up the White Man’s burden –

In patience to abide

To veil the threat of terror

And check the show of pride;

By open speech and simple,

An hundred times made plain,

To seek another’s profit,

And work another’s gain.

Take up the White Man’s burden –

The savage wars of peace –

Fill full the mouth of famine

And bid the sickness cease;

And when your goal is nearest

The end for others sought,

Watch Sloth and heathen Folly

Bring all your hopes to nought.

Take up the White Man’s burden –

No tawdry rule of kings,

But toil of serf and sweeper –

The tale of common things.

The ports ye shall not enter,

The roads ye shall not tread,

Go make them with your living,

And mark them with your dead !

Take up the White Man’s burden –

And reap his old reward,

The blame of those ye better,

The hate of those ye guard –

The cry of hosts ye humour

(Ah slowly !) towards the light:-

“Why brought ye us from bondage,

“Our loved Egyptian night ?”

Take up the White Man’s burden –

Ye dare not stoop to less –

Nor call too loud on Freedom

To cloak your weariness;

By all ye cry or whisper,

By all ye leave or do,

The silent sullen peoples

Shall weigh your Gods and you.

Take up the White Man’s burden –

Have done with childish days –

The lightly proffered laurel,

The easy, ungrudged praise.

Comes now, to search your manhood

Through all the thankless years,

Cold-edged with dear-bought wisdom,

The judgement of your peers.

Finally, to lighten the mood, a poem I particularly like because, what with immigration and invasion and all that occupying our minds, it shows that some invaders actually ‘got it’. Furthermore, it shows that, regardless of how powerful invaders are, the spirit of the Anglo-Saxons remains in our country’s DNA, forever:

The Norman and the Saxon

“My son,” said the Norman Baron, “I am dying, and you will be heir

To all the broad acres in England that William gave me for share

When he conquered the Saxon at Hastings, and a nice little handful it is.

But before you go over to rule it I want you to understand this:–

“The Saxon is not like us Normans. His manners are not so polite.

But he never means anything serious till he talks about justice and right.

When he stands like an ox in the furrow – with his sullen set eyes on your own,

And grumbles, ‘This isn’t fair dealing,’ my son, leave the Saxon alone.

“You can horsewhip your Gascony archers, or torture your Picardy spears;

But don’t try that game on the Saxon; you’ll have the whole brood round your ears.

From the richest old Thane in the county to the poorest chained serf in the field,

They’ll be at you and on you like hornets, and, if you are wise, you will yield.

“But first you must master their language, their dialect, proverbs and songs.

Don’t trust any clerk to interpret when they come with the tale of their wrongs.

Let them know that you know what they’re saying; let them feel that you know what to say.

Yes, even when you want to go hunting, hear ’em out if it takes you all day.

They’ll drink every hour of the daylight and poach every hour of the dark.

It’s the sport not the rabbits they’re after (we’ve plenty of game in the park).

Don’t hang them or cut off their fingers. That’s wasteful as well as unkind,

For a hard-bitten, South-country poacher makes the best man- at-arms you can find.

“Appear with your wife and the children at their weddings and funerals and feasts.  

Be polite but not friendly to Bishops; be good to all poor parish priests.

Say ‘we,’ ‘us’ and ‘ours’ when you’re talking, instead of ‘you fellows’ and ‘I.’

Don’t ride over seeds; keep your temper; and never you tell ’em a lie!”

Sometimes, it looks to me as if the Westminster establishment, MSM included, are behaving like certain Norman barons. They better heed the advice Kipling’s baron gives to his son …

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14 Comments on “Poet’s Corner” – More Kipling

  1. Vivian here’s some Kipling that I think you may like. No political point here, except perhaps to highlight
    how far we are
    from whence we came.

    Here’s the same one in German! I don’t speak German so I’m taking a chance on this, but it sounds like fun. (I’ve nothing against Europe, just against the EU.)

  2. For Norman Barons substitute EU officials and their attitude to the UK (and probably all their “possessions” apart from Germany)
    Doesn`t a bell ring?
    Look at the way Greece and Cyprus were blatantly, minimalized, marginalized and robbed.
    Their attitude to us is reinforced by the toadying collusion of our elite (rulers who are meant to serve us and yet must first run to their masters in Brussels for permission).
    In this respect I once posted a remark on the old forum;
    It was shortly after Rumpy pumpy became EU Council Chief (you know Nigel`s friend).
    Shortly after his installation he appeared in Downing Street.
    I said “He had come to count the family silver”
    i.e. to be seen to have “taken possession”
    I stand by that remark

    Keep `em coming Viv!!

  3. “The White Man’s Burden” – we’re still carrying it, arent we? I watched the latest QT, with Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, a Mirror writer, a Green, a Labour MP and ‘Sir’ Craig Somebody who got his worthless knighthood for helping Cameron spout fibs, lies and whoppers about what would happen if we voted Leave.
    The question inevitably came up: “Should we reduce or scrap the Foreign Aid budget?” Only Rees-Mogg said that we should restrict money sent abroad to natural disaster aid, with which the majority of the audience agreed. He also pointed out that free trade with 3rd world countries was the only way to relieve poverty and make foreign aid unnecessary.

    The responses of the others was as predictable as rain on a Bank Holiday, the same phrases and homilies that I’ve been hearing for decades: “Britain has always prided itself on its generosity to the poorer peoples of the world”; “We have always been a compassionate, caring country and need to continue being so”; “We’re a very rich country [are we – with trillions of debt and high interest to be paid?!] so we can afford to give to those in need in developing countries”.
    Yeah, yeah, heard it all before and I’m sick of hearing it trotted out by the usual Lib/Leftard do-gooders Heard this one? – CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME! Here’s another: those who demand and get freedom and independence should stand on their own two feet thereafter.
    Green Caroline Lucas excelled herself. She darkly hinted that Britain had done awful things in the past round the world, so we should carry on paying. In other words, we should continue paying reparations for an empire that was founded by long-dead generations of the rich and powerful, an empire that ended half a century ago. British working-class men were sent to fight and die in colonial wars; working-class women and children continued to work as farm labourers, servants and factory-fodder as usual. And we’re all still working to pay taxes to be sent abroad to salve the consciences of those whose families benefited most from Colonial days.

    Lucas also argued for increasing the mandatory 0.7% of GDP to be raised to 1%, hiking the 13bn currently spent on Foreign Aid to 16bn. Let’s hope for Jacob Rees-Mogg as next PM and watch that preposterous law passed by the Blessed Bountiful (with other folks’ money) David Cameron repealed into ignominious history.

    • Sonya Jay Porter // July 9, 2017 at 10:15 am // Reply

      —and we’re still at it. I suggest we pass this around to our friends in the Anglosphere.

    • GEOFFREY CHARLES ELLIOTT // July 9, 2017 at 12:51 pm // Reply

      Many thanks to Dear Viv for her second set of poems.Yes Panmelia we are still carrying “The White Man’s Burden”.BTW I gave up watching QT years ago,the Biased Broadcasting Corpoation,is nothing more than the extreme far-left loony faction of Labour,We need to diminish the power of the damn BBC,apart from their bias,they continue to lie to the British Public,and actually misinform.Anyway I believe
      that we should scrap the damn Foreign Aid Budget,it is both crass and stupid.Why in God’s name are we sending it to countries who are developing nuclear submarines and space programmes.As it is we give more than any country in the World,way more even than the US,in fact we give over one seventh of all foreign aid,and what makes
      matters worse,two thirds of all foreign aid goes to Moslem Countries,when the oil rich states do nothing to help.As a country we are in reality broke,our national debt is spiralling out of control,in 2015 it increased by £71.9 Billion.In truth we can never ever pay it back,we ar just not paying our way in the World anymore,it is only the continued success of The City,and of course our extremely low interest rates that actually keep our country afloat.Our borders are non existent,we have unskilled uneconomic migrants pouring in,not only from Europe,but from all four corners of the Globe,,we will then have to keep all these millions of migrants from cradle until grave.I could go on and on,but I won’t,I’ll just leave you with this,especially as this affects my dear wife of nearly 53 years,we have the lowest Cancer Survival Rates in Western Europe,don’t believe then just google up Cancer survival rates:U.K. versus
      Europe.All the people that are helping my wife in Velindre Hospital,Cardiff are wonderful.
      Thank you,Geoff.Elliott,UKIP RCT Branch,Pontypridd.l

      • Geoff, I am so sorry your wife has cancer – I wondered what had happened to you, as we haven’t heard from you for some time. Please pass my very best wishes on to your wife, and also my love to yourself – it must be so hard for you too, having to be strong as well. You are both in my thoughts and prayers. Please keep us in touch. xx

        • GEOFFREY CHARLES ELLIOTT. // July 13, 2017 at 1:36 pm // Reply

          Dear Dee,I thank you from the bottom of my heart,your best wishes and love are so very much appreciated especially as this afternoon I will be taking my wife to Velindre Cancer Hospital in Cardiff.At present everything is on hold,as her stage three Cancer treatment cannot now proceed,as it is too close to her heart.She was told that they would now have to develop a new treatment plan,so we live in hope.My wife Irene has great faith,and this helps her immensely,she is a Deacon (elder) with our local chapel,and of course has had to curtail her workload,since her remove the Cancer.
          Dee of late,true I have not written much,however I still read this wonderful online publication,which is run so well,by my dear friend and colleague,dear Viv.I have started to write a little,as I am urging everyone to support the truly wonderful Anne Marie Waters,not only to become the new leader of UKIP,but also to speak with the truth and honesty about the sorry state that our once great country is now in.Those failures that attack Anne Marie,wether in the misguided hierarchy in UKIP,or anyone else,I give warning now,you better look out for the fire and attacks coming your way,( now wether Viv would allow what I am going to write is of course debatable).
          Dee thank you again for all your kind thoughts and prayers,and thank you for everything that you do for UKIP,I think you and Panmelia are truly wonderful ambassadors for us,long may you both continue.

      • Dear Geoff, I’m so very sorry to hear of your wife’s illness. It is shocking that the UK’s survival rates are so low, and maddening when one thinks of government priorities. Someone close to me has cancer too; it’s a hard road.
        Love and best wishes to you both. xx

        • GEOFFREY CHARLES ELLIOTT. // July 13, 2017 at 2:08 pm // Reply

          Dear Panmelia,thank you ever so much for your love and best wishes,it do so appreciate it at this present time.Yes it is truly shocking that our countries Cancer survival rates are so very low.
          Yes too true our past and present Governments priorities are really insane,they no longer act in our interests,from the damn corrupt damn EU, to having open bloody borders,to destroying British Manufacturing with their insane policies of green energy growth,by closing most of our efficient coal fired Power Stations down,and covering our lovely hillsides and coasts with totally inefficient foreign built bloody Windmills,we have the highest electricity generating costs in the whole world.Then they bent over backwards to every wish of the Islamists,where Sharia May has allowed over 100 Sharia Courts to operate.I feel that the Government are sleepwalking our country into a toatal disaster,and like the failed hierarchy that still control UKIP are indeed the useless idiots of Islam,who really have taken control of The Asylum.Only one person can save us in not only UKIP
          but also in Britain,and that is as I have said to Dee above,is the truly wonderful Anne Marie Waters,Panmelia let me know what you think,
          thank you for all the wonderful work you do for us,do you know I think you and Dee would have been my dream team to lead UKIP.
          Keep all the good work,keep those truly Marvellous and truly Wonderful comments coming,through all the damn lies and BS it really does give me some hope for the future,my kindest regards.

          • Thank you for your kind remarks, Geoff.
            We do have to have hope for the future and the salvation of our country. I will continue doing what I can by supporting Anne Marie in every way. If UKIP rejects her, she will continue I’m sure, but I’m hoping the Party will see sense.
            I’ll keep those comments coming, it’s impossible not to!

  4. I like ‘Poet’s Corner’. All very true but does lighten the atmosphere a bit. Also it’s got me interested in reading more poetry.

    Really nice work Vivian. Many thanks.

    Kind regards.

  5. Wonderful, sitting under the apple tree, read these aloud to himoutdoors while enjoying a refreshing cup of tea! Very much enjoyed, Viv, thank you.

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