Rudyard Kipling, The White Man's Burden, 1899

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Back to Modern History SourceBook Modern History Sourcebook: Rudyard Kipling, The White Man's Burden, 1899 This famous poem, written by Britain's imperial poet, was a response to the American take over of the Phillipines after the Spanish-American War. Take up the White Man's burden-- Send forth the best ye breed-- Go bind your sons to exile To serve your captives' need; To wait in heavy harness, On fluttered folk and wild-- Your new-caught, sullen peoples, Half-devil and half-child. Take up the White Man's burden-- In patience to abide, To veil the threat of terror And check the show of pride; By open speech and simple, An hundred times made plain To seek another's profit, And work another's gain. Take up the White Man's burden-- The savage wars of peace-- Fill full the mouth of Famine And bid the sickness cease; And when your goal is nearest The end for others sought, Watch sloth and heathen Folly Bring all your hopes to nought. Take up the White Man's burden--
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