To T. A.

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.






I have made for you a song,
  And it may be right or wrong,
  But only you can tell me if it's true;
  I have tried for to explain
  Both your pleasure and your pain,
  And, Thomas, here's my best respects to you!
 
  O there'll surely come a day
  When they'll give you all your pay,
  And treat you as a Christian ought to do;
  So, until that day comes round,
  Heaven keep you safe and sound,
  And, Thomas, here's my best respects to you!

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