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The Song OF The Cities Analysis

Author: Poetry of Rudyard Kipling Type: Poetry Views: 339

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Royal and Dower-royal, I the Queen

Fronting thy richest sea with richer hands --

A thousand mills roar through me where I glean

All races from all lands.


Me the Sea-captain loved, the River built,

Wealth sought and Kings adventured life to hold.

Hail, England!I am Asia -- Power on silt,

Death in my hands, but Gold!


Clive kissed me on the mouth and eyes and brow,

Wonderful kisses, so that I became

Crowned above Queens -- a withered beldame now,

Brooding on ancient fame.


Hail, Mother!Do they call me rich in trade?

Little care I, but hear the shorn priest drone,

And watch my silk-clad lovers, man by maid,

Laugh 'neath my Shwe Dagon.


Hail, Mother!East and West must seek my aid

Ere the spent gear may dare the ports afar.

The second doorway of the wide world's trade

Is mine to loose or bar.


Hail, Mother!Hold me fast; my Praya sleeps

Under innumerable keels to-day.

Yet guard (and landward), or to-morrow sweeps

Thy war-ships down the bay!


Into the mist my guardian prows put forth,

Behind the mist my virgin ramparts lie,

The Warden of the Honour of the North,

Sleepless and veiled am I!


Peace is our portion.Yet a whisper rose,

Foolish and causeless, half in jest, half hate.

Now wake we and remember mighty blows,

And, fearing no man, wait!


From East to West the circling word has passed,

Till West is East beside our land-locked blue;

From East to West the tested chain holds fast,

The well-forged link rings true!


Hail!Snatched and bartered oft from hand to hand,

I dream my dream, by rock and heath and pine,

Of Empire to the northward.Ay, one land

From Lion's Head to Line!


Greeting!Nor fear nor favour won us place,

Got between greed of gold and dread of drouth,

Loud-voiced and reckless as the wild tide-race

That whips our harbour-mouth!


Greeting!My birth-stain have I turned to good;

Forcing strong wills perverse to steadfastness:

The first flush of the tropics in my blood,

And at my feet Success!


The northern stirp beneath the southern skies --

I build a Nation for an Empire's need,

Suffer a little, and my land shall rise,

Queen over lands indeed!


Man's love first found me; man's hate made me Hell;

For my babes' sake I cleansed those infamies.

Earnest for leave to live and labour well,

God flung me peace and ease.


Last, loneliest, loveliest, exquisite, apart --

On us, on us the unswerving season smiles,

Who wonder 'mid our fern why men depart

To seek the Happy Isles!


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I feel like I've been living in a hole that is void of Neil Gaiman gondoess because I've never even heard of M is for Magic...I'll have to pick that up soon now too. I've already added The Sandman to my wishlist, so another Gaiman book won't hurt.

| Posted on 2013-11-15 | by a guest

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This is unbelievably cute! I have been loniokg for an activity for my daughter, who teaches school, for about 2 hours. I found The Elephant's Child on a shortened version of the real story,unbeknownst to me. I kept loniokg for some kind of activity to go with it. I kept hitting dead ends, until I accidentally came upon the real version, which is magical, to say the least. And here, I have found your site, and this cute activity you have made, and it is free. I am amazed at your kindness and generosity. The kids will love it! I am touched at the quality, and that you are giving it as a gift. Thank you, for the gift, generously given from what must be a heart of love and joy! x x

| Posted on 2013-11-14 | by a guest

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On May 11, 2011 at 4:12 am That's a girl head up and proud of all the AMAZING thgnis you do day to day thgnis that make the family run stellar! You'll get there, don't give up! It was awesome!

| Posted on 2013-11-13 | by a guest

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Thanks, Steve, fore adding in some of these non-verbal ways to the dcisussion. So true. We actually have a tool we offer for team leaders to use when getting to know a new team member that has a series of questions.. and it includes how I like to be recognized. That can be useful too. However, it can backfire if the team leader ignores it.

| Posted on 2013-11-12 | by a guest

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