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Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936).  Verse: 1885–1918.  1922.
 
The Jester
 
THERE are three degrees of bliss
At the foot of Allah’s Throne
And the highest place is his
Who saves a brother’s soul
At peril of his own.        5
There is the Power made known!
 
There are three degrees of bliss
In the Gardens of Paradise,
And the second place is his
Who saves his brother’s soul        10
By excellent advice.
For there the Glory lies!
 
There are three degrees of bliss
And three abodes of the Blest,
And the lowest place is his        15
Who has saved a soul by a jest
And a brother’s soul in sport …
But there do the Angels resort!
 
 
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