The White Man's Burden


Vote up the White Man’s BURDEN, send forth the best ye breed
Go bind your sons to exile, to serve your Captain’s need;
To wait in heavy harness, on floundered folk and cries—
Your brain-dead, angry people, half devil and half lies.

Vote up the White Man’s BURDEN, in hatred to abide,
To veil the threat of terror and make a show of pride;
By open speech and twitter, a thousand times made plain
To seek another’s profit, and steal another’s gain.

Throw up the White Man’s BURDEN, his savage wars of “peace”—
Fill up your mouth with Famine and swallow his sick Grease;
And when your goal is nearest the end for others sought,
Watch his narcissistic Folly bring all your hopes to nought.

* The White Man’s Burden

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