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Rudyard Kipling 1865 to 1936
Rudyard Kipling
1865-1936


Themes:  Wine Musings
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Nobel laureate (Literature-1907) Rudyard Kipling was a poet, novelist, and short story writer.  His best known work of fiction is perhaps The Jungle Book (1894).  His most well-known poem today is "If  --". an insping piece of poetry , written  from the perspective of a fatherwho is giving advice to his son.  It deserves a read and can be found in the Wikipedia entry for the poem.
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Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), English poet

Love and Death once ceased their strife
At the Tavern of Man's Life.
Called for wine, and threw – alas! –
Each his quiver on the grass.
When the bout was o'er they found
Mingled arrows strewed the ground.
Hastily they gathered then
Each the loves and lives of men.
Ah, the fateful dawn deceived!
Mingled arrows each one sheaved;
Death's dread armory was stored
With the shafts he most abhorred;
Love's light quiver groaned beneath
Venom-headed darts of Death.

Thus it was they wrought our woe
At the Tavern long ago.
Tell me, do our masters know,
Loosing blindly as they fly,
Old men love while young men die?


from The Writings In Prose And Verse Of Rudyard Kipling Volume XI (1889-1896)


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