The Burden

Rudyard Kipling
Rudyard Kipling

The Burden
"The Gardeners"
From "Debits and Credits" (1919-1923)
One grief on me is laid
  Each day of every year,
Wherein no soul can aid,
  Whereof no soul can hear:
Whereto no end is seen
  Except to grieve again--
Ah, Mary Magdalene,
  Where is there greater pain?

To dream on dear disgrace
  Each hour of every day--
To bring no honest face
  To aught I do or say:
To lie from morn till e'en--
  To know my lies are vain--
Ah, Mary Magdalene,
  Where can be greater pain?

To watch my steadfast fear
  Attend mine every way
Each day of every year--
  Each hour of every day:
To burn, and chill between--
  To quake and rage again--
Ah, Mary Magdalene,
  Where shall be greater pain:

One grave to me was given--
  To guard till Judgment Day--
But God looked down from Heaven
  And rolled the Stone away!
One day of all my years--
  One hour of that one day--
His Angel saw my tears
  And rolled the Stone away!
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Joseph Rudyard Kipling was an English short-story writer, poet, and novelist chiefly remembered for his tales and poems of British soldiers in India and his tales for children. more…

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