Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Land of our Birth--Kipling


Land of our birth, we pledge to thee
Our love and toil in the years to be,
When we are grown and take our place
As men and women with our race.
Father in heaven, who lovest all
O help thy children when they call;
That they may build from age to age
An undefiled heritage.
Teach us to rule ourselves alway,
Controlled and cleanly night and day;
That we may bring, if need arise,
No maimed or worthless sacrifice.
Teach us strength that cannot seek
By deed or thought to hurt the weak;
That, under Thee, we may posses
Man's strength to comfort man's distress.

--Rudyard Kipling, 1906

7 comments:

LL said...

Rudyard Kipling "got it". There are many bloggers and many who are common citizens who "get it".

The question - the main question is whether or or not there are enough of "us".

Nickie Goomba said...

There are never enough of us, LL. We are battling the ever-growing armies of victims.

zuzu said...

Rudyard Kipling was born in India

Opus #6 said...

Zuzu, Kipling understood. No matter where he was born, or what country he lived in, he got the concept. Some people today understand about personal responsibilty and some just want others to work and pay for everything.

DC said...

And Churchill became a man in India. I agree, Opie. Big deal where he was born.

Nick and LL ... as long as there is enough in us, there will be enough of us.

The_Kid said...

Beautiful.

The Resident Extractor said...

Excellent and inspiring. Kipling was a truly great man.