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Teach us Delight in simple things,
And Mirth that has no bitter springs;
Forgiveness free of evil done,
And Love...
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Daemon
Posted: Tuesday, December 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM
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Teach us Delight in simple things,
And Mirth that has no bitter springs;
Forgiveness free of evil done,
And Love to all men 'neath the sun!

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
Bully_rus
Posted: Tuesday, December 1, 2015 2:08:50 AM
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To love all humankind is much easier than one specific person with all its best and worst traits - or so it seems for now...
Joy Frohlich
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I like the first line. There are many simple things which we can delight it such as a warm drink in the morning, the view of evergreen trees from the window, the gift of sight.
Ndanusa
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Amen!
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Posted: Tuesday, December 1, 2015 9:23:42 AM

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Context from the beautiful poem :

THE CHILDREN’S EMPIRE DAY SONG
by Rudyard Kipling 1906

Land of our Birth we pledge to thee
Our love and toil in the years to be;
When we are grown and take our place
As men and women with our race

Father in Heaven who lovest all,
Oh, help Thy children when they call;
That they may build from age to age
An undefiled heritage.

Teach us to bear the yoke in youth,
With steadfastness and carefull truth;
That, in our time Thy Grace may give
The Truth whereby the Nations live.

Teach us to rule ourselves always,
Controlled and cleanly night and day;
That we may bring, if need arise,
No maimed or worthless sacrifice.

Teach us to look in all our ends
On Thee for judge, and not our friends;
That we, with Thee, may walk uncowed
By fear or favour of the crowd.

Teach us the Strength that cannot seek,
By deed or thought, to hurt the weak;
That, under Thee, we may possess
Man's strength to comfort man's distress.

Teach us Delight in simple things,
And Mirth that has no bitter springs;
Forgiveness free of evil done,
And Love to all men 'neath the sun!


Land of our Birth, our faith, our pride,
For whose dear sake our fathers died;
Oh, Motherland, we pledge to thee
Head, heart and hand through the years to be.

http://www.rh7.org/factshts/empiredy.pdf
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Posted: Tuesday, December 1, 2015 2:42:51 PM
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Daemon wrote:
And Mirth that has no bitter springs;Forgiveness free of evil done,And Love to all men 'neath the sun!

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)


The Empire Day Song, 1906 being not too late, how much more complete could have been:

Land of our birth, our faith, dear Albion!
When Empire should end, as surely it will,
Remove, above all, thy perfidious scorpion,
And do not leave a void for tribal hate to fill!

Then keep our heads, hearts and hands away from it
Through the years to be in peace, well rid of it.



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