Rudyard Kipling’s ice cold warning…”When the Saxon began to hate.”

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As Rudyard Kipling’s timeless classic, The Jungle Book, storms theaters (…again), let’s not forget one of Kipling’s lesser known works – his ice cold warning to folks who relentlessly take advantage of generous and complacent “whitey.”

THE WRATH OF THE AWAKENED SAXON

by Rudyard Kipling

It was not part of their blood,

It came to them very late,

With long arrears to make good,

When the Saxon began to hate.

They were not easily moved,

They were icy — willing to wait

Till every count should be proved,

Ere the Saxon began to hate.

Their voices were even and low.

Their eyes were level and straight.

There was neither sign nor show

When the Saxon began to hate.

 

It was not preached to the crowd.

It was not taught by the state.

No man spoke it aloud

When the Saxon began to hate.

It was not suddenly bred.

It will not swiftly abate.

Through the chilled years ahead,

When Time shall count from the date,

That the Saxon began to hate.

Damn…that’s cold…

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