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Cleared

Rating: 2.8
(In Memory of a Commission)

Help for a patriot distressed, a spotless spirit hurt,
Help for an honourable clan sore trampled in the dirt!
From Queenstown Bay to Donegal, O listen to my song,
The honourable gentlemen have suffered grievous wrong.

Their noble names were mentioned -- O the burning black disgrace! --
By a brutal Saxon paper in an Irish shooting-case;
They sat upon it for a year, then steeled their heart to brave it,
And 'coruscating innocence' the learned Judges gave it.
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M Sagnik Das 24 May 2017
The charge is old'? - As old as Cain - as fresh as yesterday; Old as the Ten Commandments - have ye talked those laws away? If words are words, or death is death, or powder sends the ball, You spoke the words that sped the shot - the curse be on you all. So good
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M Sagnik Das 24 May 2017
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John Richter 03 November 2014
This is an absolutely amazing poem. Every line strummed the beat of meter like a song to me, yet the meat of it is so very intense. I would like to know more about this poem. It sounds as though a thug hired men to intimidate an Irish fellow, but the men killed him instead. And the instigator was cleared because his intention was not murder. And if I'm not mistaken he went on to join British Parliament. Shocking story and I wonder if it is true. Kipling is fastly becoming one of my favorite poets.
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Jack Growden 04 August 2013
Tremendously passionate piece of poetry! ! Please read my collection! ! I am a young, aspiring poet. Feel free to rate and comment on my pieces. Thanks, Jack Growden
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Hunter Hunters 04 August 2012
Kipling never went to prison for his words all in the name of poetry. Indeed we are not ruled by murderers but only by their friends. We hope for better future in God's Kingdom.
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Joseph Poewhit 04 August 2010
Kipling is in a real huff about laws and crime, the written word and curruption of system.
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Ramesh T A 04 August 2010
Only Kipling knows pretty well what he is talking about!
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Kevin Straw 04 August 2009
Pretty savage whatever the rights and wrongs of the case! Today there would be a libel case. Only a poem could say what Kipling says.
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