Verse > Rudyard Kipling > Verse: 1885–1918
  PREVIOUSNEXT  
CONTENTS · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD
Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936).  Verse: 1885–1918.  1922.
 
The Veterans
 
(Written for the gathering of survivors of the Indian Mutiny, Albert Hall, 1907.)

TO-DAY, across our fathers’ graves,
  The astonished years reveal
The remnant of that desperate host
  Which cleansed our East with steel.
 
Hail and farewell! We greet you here,        5
  With tears that none will scorn—
O Keepers of the House of old,
  Or ever we were born!
 
One service more we dare to ask—
  Pray for us, heroes, pray,        10
That when Fate lays on us our task
  We do not shame the Day!
 
 
CONTENTS · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD
  PREVIOUSNEXT  
 
Loading
Click here to shop the Bartleby Bookstore.

Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2014 Bartleby.com · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors