'The true Soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because He loves what is behind him.' -G. K. Chesterton

29 August 2010

Sunday Kipling

After the MHI post I just couldn't resist.

The Vampire

A fool there was and he made his prayer
(Even as you and I!)
To a rag and a bone and a hank of hair
(We called her the woman who did not care),
But the fool he called her his lady fair
(Even as you and I!)

Oh the years we waste and the tears we waste
And the work of our head and hand,
Belong to the woman who did not know
(And now we know that she never could know)
And did not understand.

A fool there was and his goods he spent
(Even as you and I!)
Honor and faith and a sure intent
But a fool must follow his natural bent
(And it wasn't the least what the lady meant),
(Even as you and I!)

Oh the toil we lost and the spoil we lost
And the excellent things we planned,
Belong to the woman who didn't know why
(And now we know she never knew why)
And did not understand.

The fool we stripped to his foolish hide
(Even as you and I!)
Which she might have seen when she threw him aside --
(But it isn't on record the lady tried)
So some of him lived but the most of him died --
(Even as you and I!)

And it isn't the shame and it isn't the blame
That stings like a white hot brand.
It's coming to know that she never knew why
(Seeing at last she could never know why)
And never could understand.


Ed Rasimus said...

Unrequited love is a terrible experience and the more so in the Victorian age when tragedy and suffering with a stiff upper lip was still in vogue. I've got the "complete works" of Kipling on my Kindle and need to immerse myself a bit more thoroughly as you prove to me each week. Great stuff.

Six said...

Thanks Ed. I admit it, I'm a Kiplingphile. Some writers and poets just have the gift to move you and I think Kipling was one of the best. It's a rare instance when he can't evoke some emotion out of my readings.