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Rudyard Kipling

(30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936 / Bombay)

The Ship That Found Herself


We now, held in captivity,
Spring to our bondage nor grieve--
See now, how it is blesseder,
Brothers, to give than receive!
Keep trust, wherefore we were made,
Paying the debt that we owe;
For a clean thrust, and the shear of the blade,
Will carry us where would go.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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