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Hiraghm
03-17-2003, 11:18 PM
I'm a big Kipling fan, and when I say I'm a big Kipling fan, I mean I chuckled all day when I heard that an Al Quaeda operative had been caught in Lahore, since that's where Kipling began his career....

I thought I'd share one of his poems, modified to fit the modern world. I think it applies to the current situation, thus modified...


A Song of Americans
Now, this is the cup the Americans 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 Americans drink
To the dawn of the American's day!

Now, this is the road that the Americans tread
When they go to clean a land --
Iron underfoot and levin overhead
And the deep on either hand.

We have trod that road -- and a wet and windy road
Our chosen star for guide.
Oh, well for the world when Americans tread
Their highway side by side!

Now, this is the faith that Americans hold
When they build their homes afar --
"Freedom for ourselves and freedom for our friends
And, failing freedom, War. "
We have proved our faith -- bear witness to our faith,
Dear souls of freemen slain!
Oh, well for the world when the Americans join
To prove their faith again!