Here we are with the Kipling /Bellamy combination again and Jon says, “A bit on the wordy side but worth it for the refrain. Last verse bit the dust though…”
An interesting poem given a suitably hymnal setting by Bellamy, although despite addressing The Lord it adopts a Humanist, if not somewhat agnostic tone. I suppose there’s a touch of the carpe diem about it too, altbeit tempered by a humility that verges on the self deprecating. It certainly takes an optimistic line on mankind’s mores, which could be debateable. I think what I like about this and some of the other Kipling poems is the way that humanity rises to the top above any sense of orthodoxy. Kipling is clearly a complex and controversial subject and perhaps another project for later. Mainly Norfolk is a good source of all things Bellamy so the best place to check out the poem, including the missing bit.
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