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Rudyard Kipling "The Stranger"

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Rudyard Kipling "The Stranger"

PostSun Feb 12, 2017 10:46 am

The Stranger within my gate,
He may be true or kind,
But he does not talk my talk–
I cannot feel his mind.
I see the face and the eyes and the mouth,
But not the soul behind.
The men of my own stock,
They may do ill or well,
But they tell the lies I am wanted to,
They are used to the lies I tell;
And we do not need interpreters
When we go to buy or sell.
The Stranger within my gates,
He may be evil or good,
But I cannot tell what powers control–
What reasons sway his mood;
Nor when the Gods of his far-off land
Shall repossess his blood.
The men of my own stock,
Bitter bad they may be,
But, at least, they hear the things I hear,
And see the things I see;
And whatever I think of them and their likes
They think of the likes of me.
This was my father’s belief
And this is also mine:
Let the corn be all one sheaf–
And the grapes be all one vine,
Ere our children’s teeth are set on edge
By bitter bread and wine.
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Re: Rudyard Kipling "The Stranger"

PostSun Feb 12, 2017 8:40 pm

That's a great one, White Man 1! Rudyard was N-S before it was cool.

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Re: Rudyard Kipling "The Stranger"

PostMon Feb 13, 2017 8:05 pm

Kipling understood race in a way that few do anymore. Any upstanding White person should have at least a few of his works on their shelf.
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Re: Rudyard Kipling "The Stranger"

PostSat Feb 18, 2017 10:15 pm

Here are the opening stanzas of another Kipling poem, sometimes referred to (incorrectly) as "The Law of the Jungle."

The Law for the Wolves

NOW this is the law of the jungle, as old and as true as the sky,
And the wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the wolf that shall break it must die.

As the creeper that girdles the tree trunk, the law runneth over and back;
For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack.

Get it?
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Re: Rudyard Kipling "The Stranger"

PostSun Feb 19, 2017 1:55 pm

Volker Zorn wrote:Here are the opening stanzas of another Kipling poem, sometimes referred to (incorrectly) as "The Law of the Jungle."

The Law for the Wolves

NOW this is the law of the jungle, as old and as true as the sky,
And the wolf that shall keep it may prosper, but the wolf that shall break it must die.

As the creeper that girdles the tree trunk, the law runneth over and back;
For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack.

Get it?


Why that's fascist! How absolutely awful of the wolf to see its strength in unity of the pack.
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