Saturday, May 28



Rudyard Kipling
It is always a temptation to an armed and agile nation,
To call upon a neighbour and to say:
"We invaded you last night - we are quite prepared to fight,
Unless you pay us cash to go away."

And that is called asking for Dane-geld,
And the people who ask it explain
That you’ve only to pay ’em the Dane-geld
And then you’ll get rid of the Dane!

It is always a temptation to a rich and lazy nation,
To puff and look important and to say:
"Though we know we should defeat you, we have not the time to meet you.
We will therefore pay you cash to go away."

And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
But we’ve proved it again and again,
That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
You never get rid of the Dane.

It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation,
For fear they should succumb and go astray,
So when you are requested to pay up or be molested,
You will find it better policy to say:

"We never pay any one Dane-geld,
No matter how trifling the cost,
For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
And the nation that plays it is lost!"

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1 Ah, Kipling, underappreciated and still so relevant. I have his full collection, but I haven't actually read much of it. I don't think I've read this one before. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by: TallDave at Sunday, May 29 2005 03:08 AM (H8Wgl)

2 There's a discussion over at Belgravia Dispatch wherein some Swiss idiot said that although appeasement might not have been completely successful in World War II, that doesn't mean it always fails. I quoted Kipling at him. Appeasement in Europe has a history of failure going back a thousand years and more.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sunday, May 29 2005 03:29 AM (+S1Ft)

3 No man survives when freedom fails, the best men rot in filthy jails, and those who cry appease, appease are hanged by those they tried to please - Hiram Mann

Posted by: Improbulus Maximus at Monday, May 30 2005 09:43 PM (0yYS2)

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