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Thread #58054   Message #918392
Posted By: Joe_F
25-Mar-03 - 07:24 PM
Thread Name: Chord Req: Danny Deever (Kipling/Bellamy)
Subject: RE: Meanings, Kipling army song
G. K. Chesterton, who was antiimperialist, wrote a scathing satire on "Recessional" ("Post-Recessional):

God of your fathers, known of old,
For patience with man's swaggering line,
He did not answer you when told
About you and your palm and pine,
Though you depoloyed your far-flung host
And boasted that you did not boast.

. . .

We fancied heaven preferring much,
Your rowdiest song, your slangiest sentence,
Your honest banjo banged, to such
Very recessional repentence;...

But it ends

Bless you, you shall be blameless yet,
For God forgives an men forget.

It's hard to hate Kipling.