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This was posted on the Mychal Massie site two posts ago


by Rudyard Kipling

It was not part of their blood,
It came to them very late,
With long arrears to make good,
When the Saxon began to hate.

They were not easily moved,
They were icy — willing to wait
Till every count should be proved,
Ere the Saxon began to hate.

Their voices were even and low.
Their eyes were level and straight.
There was neither sign nor show
When the Saxon began to hate.

It was not preached to the crowd.
It was not taught by the state.
No man spoke it aloud
When the Saxon began to hate.

It was not suddenly bred.
It will not swiftly abate.
Through the chilled years ahead,
When Time shall count from the date
That the Saxon began to hate.

Who is “The Saxon”? Why is this appropriate? Up to you.

  1. wildriver permalink
    01/01/2015 06:52

    …”Who is “The Saxon”?”… Every man woman and child of the seed of Isaac.

  2. 01/01/2015 10:55

    Well said. 😈

  3. Dr. Jeff permalink
    01/01/2015 14:39

    The Civilized Man.

  4. 01/01/2015 15:34

    For sure.

  5. lpcard permalink
    01/02/2015 02:42

    Ah, Kipling. We could learn a lot from that particular Englishman…if we only had the sense to listen.

  6. 01/02/2015 06:29

    True fact. Ah the days of common sense.

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