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The Years Between

Rudyard Kipling

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .We know the hells declared
For such as serve not Rome—
The terror, threats, and dread
In market, hearth, and field—
We know, when all is said,
We perish if we yield.
Believe, we dare not boast,
Believe, we do not fear—
We stand to pay the cost
In all that men hold dear.
What answer from the North?
[12] One Law, one Land, one Throne.
If England drive us forth
We shall not fall alone.

[13]

THE COVENANT

1914

We thought we ranked above the chance of ill.
Others might fall, not we, for we were wise—
Merchants in freedom. So, of our free-will
We let our servants drug our strength with lies.
The pleasure and the poison had its way
On us as on the meanest, till we learned
That he who lies will steal, who steals will slay.
Neither God's judgment nor man's heart was turned.
Yet there remains His Me. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Finally managed to include my favourite poem!! As far as poetry goes it's good stuff! Kipling has a nice sparse writing style but be prepared for poems about war, life, death and god. Also nice is the fact that his poems rhyme (call me old fashioned but I prefer my poems to rhyme). Moving stuff.

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I enjoyed the poems in this short collection.

I am not a big poetry reader but must say I enjoyed this book. Yes Kipling is a bit jingoistic but he also was a product of his times. There are some famous poems in this book including ‘My Boy Jack’ and ‘The Female Of The Species’ with the famous line ‘For the female of the species is more deadl...more

As you would expect from a collection first published in 1919 by such a fierce patriot as Rudyard Kipling, thoughts and images of WWI dominate these poems, even when they are not directly about it.

Of those poems specifically about the Great War, 'For All We Have as Are' is pure, jingoistic dogger...more