Twas not while Englandâ€™s sword unsheathed
Put half a world to flight,
Nor while their new-built cities breathed
Secure behind her might
Not while she poured from Pole to Line
Treasure and ships and men –
These worshippers at Freedomâ€™s shrine,
They did not quit her then!
Not till their foes were driven forth
By England oâ€™er the main –
Not till the Frenchman from the North
Had gone with shattered Spain
Not till the clean-swept oceans showed
No hostile flag unrolled
Did they remember what they owed
To Freedom – and were bold!
4 responses to “The American rebellion by Rudyard Kipling”
I thought this was going to be snarkier.
Distant second to ‘If’: http://www.everypoet.com/archive/poetry/Rudyard_Kipling/kipling_if.htm
True, but it seemed more appropos to the moment 🙂
Thanks for this – I didn’t know this one.