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Christmas In India - Poem by Rudyard Kipling
Dim dawn behind the tamerisks -- the sky is saffron-yellow --
As the women in the village grind the corn,
And the parrots seek the riverside, each calling to his fellow
That the Day, the staring Easter Day is born.
Oh the white dust on the highway! Oh the stenches in the byway!
Oh the clammy fog that hovers
And at Home they're making merry 'neath the white and scarlet berry --
What part have India's exiles in their mirth?
Full day begind the tamarisks -- the sky is blue and staring --
As the cattle crawl afield beneath the yoke,
And they bear One o'er the field-path, who is past all hope or caring,
To the ghat below the curling wreaths of smoke.
Call on Rama, going slowly, as ye bear a brother lowly --
Call on Rama -- he may hear, perhaps, your voice!
With our hymn-books and our psalters we appeal to other altars,
And to-day we bid "good Christian men rejoice!"
High noon behind the tamarisks -- the sun is hot above us --
As at Home the Christmas Day is breaking wan.
They will drink our healths at dinner -- those who tell us how they love us,
And forget us till another year be gone!
Oh the toil that knows no breaking! Oh the Heimweh, ceaseless, aching!
Oh the black dividing Sea and alien Plain!
Youth was cheap -- wherefore we sold it.
Gold was good -- we hoped to hold it,
And to-day we know the fulness of our gain.
Grey dusk behind the tamarisks -- the parrots fly together --
As the sun is sinking slowly over Home;
And his last ray seems to mock us shackled in a lifelong tether.
That drags us back how'er so far we roam.
Hard her service, poor her payment -- she is ancient, tattered raiment --
India, she the grim Stepmother of our kind.
If a year of life be lent her, if her temple's shrine we enter,
The door is hut -- we may not look behind.
Black night behind the tamarisks -- the owls begin their chorus --
As the conches from the temple scream and bray.
With the fruitless years behind us, and the hopeless years before us,
Let us honor, O my brother, Christmas Day!
Call a truce, then, to our labors -- let us feast with friends and neighbors,
And be merry as the custom of our caste;
For if "faint and forced the laughter," and if sadness follow after,
We are richer by one mocking Christmas past.
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Poems About Christmas
- 1. A Child's Christmas In Wales , Dylan Thomas
- 2. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- 3. Christmas Bells , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- 4. Christmas Eve , Anne Sexton
- 5. A Christmas Ghost Story. , Thomas Hardy
- 6. Christmas Party At The South Danbury Chu.. , Donald Hall
- 7. Jest 'Fore Christmas , Eugene Field
- 8. A Family Christmas , Ernestine Northover
- 9. Christmas Carol , Sara Teasdale
- 10. Christmas In India , Rudyard Kipling
- 11. Christmas - A Little Friend's Poem - Wri.. , Ernestine Northover
- 12. A Christmas Tree! A Christmas Tree! , David Keig
- 13. Remembrance Of Christmas Past , Judith Viorst
- 14. A Christmas Carol , William Topaz McGonagall
- 15. What Reminds You Of Christmas? , Ernestine Northover
- 16. Christmas , John Clare
- 17. Lines For A Christmas Card , Hilaire Belloc
- 18. Christmas Spirit , Paul Moosberg
- 19. Sam's Christmas Pudding , Marriott Edgar
- 20. Our Christmas Tree , Ernestine Northover
- 21. Having Lost My Sons, I Confront The Wrec.. , James Arlington Wright
- 22. Christmas Is Really For The Children , Steve Turner
- 23. Christmas Holidays , Thomas Hood
- 24. Christmas Fancies , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
- 25. Christmas - Senryus , Ernestine Northover
- 26. A Christmas Carol, Sung To The King In T.. , Robert Herrick
- 27. From The Short Story A Christmas Dream, .. , Louisa May Alcott
- 28. (727) Christmas Past , Melvina Germain
- 29. This Section Is A Christmas Tree , Vachel Lindsay
- 30. Christmas At Mel’s , C.J. Heck
- 31. A Hymn For Christmas Day , Thomas Chatterton
- 32. The Christmas Night , Lucy Maud Montgomery
- 33. A Tale Of Christmas Eve , William Topaz McGonagall
- 34. Music On Christmas Morning , Anne Brontë
- 35. Baby's First Christmas (Children) , C.J. Heck
- 36. Christmas At The Orphanage , Bill Knott
- 37. A Christmas Wish , David Keig
- 38. A Christmas Carol , George Wither
- 39. A Christmas Fancy , Robert Fuller Murray
- 40. Christmas , Henry Timrod
- 41. The Cast Of Christmas Reassembles For Ea.. , Steve Turner
- 42. Modern Love Xxiii: 'Tis Christmas Weather , George Meredith
- 43. Christmas Treasures , Eugene Field
- 44. Christmas Spirit , Tess Gurney
- 45. Christmas Day , John Keble
- 46. The House Of Christmas , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
- 47. The Christmas-Box , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- 48. A White Christmas , Carla Jean Laglia Esely
- 49. ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' Christmas Card(Being An .. , Dónall Dempsey
- 50. (728) Christmas Joy , Melvina Germain
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