Puck of Pook's Hill, by Rudyard Kipling

A British-Roman Song

(A. D. 406)

My father’s father saw it not,

And I, belike, shall never come,

To look on that so-holy spot —

The very Rome —

Crowned by all Time, all Art, all Might,

The equal work of Gods and Man —

City beneath whose oldest height

The Race began —

Soon to send forth again a brood

Unshakeable, we pray, that clings,

To Rome’s thrice-hammered hardihood —

In arduous things.

Strong heart with triple armour bound,

Beat strongly, for thy life-blood runs,

Age after Age, the Empire round —

In us thy Sons,

Who, distant from the Seven Hills,

Loving and serving much, require

Thee, Thee to guard ‘gainst home-born ills,

The Imperial Fire!

http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/k/kipling/rudyard/puck/chapter13.html

Last updated Monday, March 17, 2014 at 16:48