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A Song of the White Men

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Now, this is the cup the White Men drink
When they go to right a wrong,
And that is the cup of the old world's hate-
Cruel and strained and strong.
We have drunk that cup- and a bitter, bitter cup-
And tossed the dregs away.
But well for the world when the White Men drink
To the dawn of the White Man's day!

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Michael Walker 30 July 2019

The poem is marred by white racism, which can only be partly explained by the times in which Kipling lived. There is an assumption that White Men are superior to other races in every way-what they drink, the roads they tread, the faith they share. I cannot agree with Kipling's assertions here.

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A. Madhavan 18 April 2017

I know that Rudyard Kipling is famous-to-notorious for his phrase, the white man's burden and for his jingoism; but he remains memorable for me for his mystical Indian story. 'Miracle of Puran Bhagat', the novel, 'Kim' and the remarkable poem, 'Recessional', which 'The Times' of London published in its edit page on Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee,1897. I like to consider Kipling as pleading for cultural and humane values, addressing all humans regardless of skin pigmentation, ethnic, national or credal variations. AM

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Lawrence Beck 18 April 2017

This poem is absolutely disgusting. It should not have been posted.

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Kayode Are 18 April 2017

trod that road.....failing freedom, War. Succinct reminder from a sage.

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Edward Kofi Louis 18 April 2017

Faith-bear witness! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Bernard F. Asuncion 18 April 2017

Our chosen star for guide.... thanks for posting

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Ratnakar Mandlik 08 January 2016

Beautiful narration of the spirit of white men who had once worked for, freedom for ourselves and freedom for our sons only. Beautifully crafted realistic poem by a master spirit. Thanks for sharing.

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