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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.


Comments about Christmas In India by Rudyard Kipling

  • Gold Star - 30,673 Points Douglas Scotney (12/26/2015 11:49:00 PM)

    the odd Oh and O is crazy, but 7 spell 'lazy'. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 16,306 Points Francis Lynch (12/26/2015 7:02:00 PM)

    He was racist, prejudiced and biggoted, and one sees it in all his works. He was in favor of Irish genocide. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 16,306 Points Francis Lynch (12/26/2015 7:00:00 PM)

    Reminds me of Charlie Brown's mother: Wah...wah...wah.. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Christmas

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  2. 2. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  3. 3. Christmas Eve , Anne Sexton
  4. 4. A Family Christmas , Ernestine Northover
  5. 5. Christmas Bells , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  6. 6. Christmas Carol , Sara Teasdale
  7. 7. A Christmas Ghost Story. , Thomas Hardy
  8. 8. Christmas - A Little Friend's Poem - Wri.. , Ernestine Northover
  9. 9. Jest 'Fore Christmas , Eugene Field
  10. 10. Christmas Party At The South Danbury Chu.. , Donald Hall
  11. 11. Christmas In India , Rudyard Kipling
  12. 12. A Christmas Tree! A Christmas Tree! , David Keig
  13. 13. A Christmas Carol , William Topaz McGonagall
  14. 14. What Reminds You Of Christmas? , Ernestine Northover
  15. 15. Remembrance Of Christmas Past , Judith Viorst
  16. 16. Christmas , John Clare
  17. 17. Lines For A Christmas Card , Hilaire Belloc
  18. 18. Christmas Spirit , Paul Moosberg
  19. 19. Our Christmas Tree , Ernestine Northover
  20. 20. Having Lost My Sons, I Confront The Wrec.. , James Arlington Wright
  21. 21. Sam's Christmas Pudding , Marriott Edgar
  22. 22. Christmas Fancies , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  23. 23. Christmas - Senryus , Ernestine Northover
  24. 24. Christmas Holidays , Thomas Hood
  25. 25. From The Short Story A Christmas Dream, .. , Louisa May Alcott
  26. 26. This Section Is A Christmas Tree , Vachel Lindsay
  27. 27. A Christmas Carol, Sung To The King In T.. , Robert Herrick
  28. 28. Music On Christmas Morning , Anne Brontë
  29. 29. Christmas At Mel’s , C.J. Heck
  30. 30. Christmas Is Really For The Children , Steve Turner
  31. 31. The Christmas Night , Lucy Maud Montgomery
  32. 32. A Tale Of Christmas Eve , William Topaz McGonagall
  33. 33. Baby's First Christmas (Children) , C.J. Heck
  34. 34. Christmas At The Orphanage , Bill Knott
  35. 35. A Christmas Wish , David Keig
  36. 36. A Hymn For Christmas Day , Thomas Chatterton
  37. 37. A Christmas Carol , George Wither
  38. 38. Christmas , Henry Timrod
  39. 39. Modern Love Xxiii: 'Tis Christmas Weather , George Meredith
  40. 40. Christmas Treasures , Eugene Field
  41. 41. Christmas Spirit , Tess Gurney
  42. 42. Christmas Day , John Keble
  43. 43. The House Of Christmas , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  44. 44. The Christmas-Box , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  45. 45. A White Christmas , Carla Jean Laglia Esely
  46. 46. ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' Christmas Card(Being An .. , Dónall Dempsey
  47. 47. (728) Christmas Joy , Melvina Germain
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  49. 49. First Sunday After Christmas , John Keble
  50. 50. For Christmas Day , Charles Wesley
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