Do you think this should be compulsory…?

April 4th, 2010

As part of our school curriculuum
“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 hope to nought.

Take up the White Man’s burden
No iron 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.
…”
Rudyard Kipling, 1899 (Nobel Prize Winner).

3 Responses to “Do you think this should be compulsory…?”

  1. sparhawk7322 says:

    Now watch the extremists take this out of context.

    See I told you so. Just because it has the words white mans burden the fanatics go off without understanding it.

  2. Wolfgang says:

    Lib censors at Yahoo are watching this you can be sure.

  3. miraclehand2020 says:

    Your poet could only win thee Nobel prize in the 19th century.Today wise men would burn him at the stake.should we make our children study this?Why not and while we are at it have them carry their hoods along.they will need it in the outside world.Bravo,you are a genius your folks must be beaming with pride

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