The White Man’s Burden Rudyard Kipling

The White Man’s Burden
Rudyard Kipling

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 mark 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!) toward the light:–
“Why brought he 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 cloke 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 proferred laurel,
The easy, ungrudged praise.
Comes now, to search your manhood
Through all the thankless years
Cold, edged with dear-bought wisdom,
The judgment of your peers!

3 thoughts on “The White Man’s Burden Rudyard Kipling”

  1. Yes tiger, this was/is tremendous great poem by Kipling, but did u know he became a member of Rhodes’ and Milner’s Round-table group?

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    1. Yes, I did.

      Round Table is an interesting phenomenon, and like masonry gets lumped into conspiracy de jour.

      Round Table group was a conspiracy; of that there can be no doubt. But like the legendary many last wills of Rhodes it shades off into the unsupportable. As a Henry Ford school historian I tend to judge the theories by subsequent events.

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      1. Well tiger, the round-table groups are serious powers–they have the money and financing which is literally ginned-up by the US Federal Reserve Bank, Bank of England, ECB, IMF, etc. The American branch is now known as Council on Foreign Relations, an incredibly powerful group, without doubt, numerous member–HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS at least, having held TOP gov. positions, Pres, VP, Sec of State, etc.

        U’re right–there’s lots of societies, gangs, groups, etc., but KEY is the power they have access to–like Fed (legalized) COUNTERFEITING.

        Masons are serious group too, but they’re surely less powerful nowadays, known as they are for satanism and anti-Christianity.

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