L’Envoi

 

This poem by Rudyard Kipling, who is my favorite poet, curiously has a French title. It means “The Consignment”. He probably should have titled it “The Great Commission” but Rudyard Kipling was a humble man, a great conversationalist and he knew what his powers were.  As far as I know, he never used his influence to manipulate people. To my mind his greatest poem is “IF”.
 
When earth’s last picture is painted, and the tubes are twisted and dried,
When the oldest colors have faded, and the youngest critic has died,
We shall rest, and, faith, we shall need it- lie down for an aeon or two,
Till the Master of All Good Workmen shall set us to work anew!
 
And those that were good will be happy: they shall sit in a golden chair;
They shall splash at a ten-league canvas with brushes of comets’ hair;
They shall find real saints to draw from- Magdalene, Peter and Paul;
They shall work for an age at a sitting and never be tired at all!
 
And only the Master shall praise us, and only the Master shall blame;
And no one shall work for money, and no one shall work for fame;
But each for the joy of the working, and each, in his separate star,
Shall draw the Thing as he sees It for the God of Things as They Are!
 
The Castle Lady loves you just the way you are!
 
 
 
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The Castle Lady Official web site: www.ilovecastles.com other blogs: ilovecastles.blogspot.com evelynsrockpages.blogspot.com evelyns-nailsforlife.blogspot.com
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One Response to L’Envoi

  1. Evelyn says:

     
      My favorite quote from Rudyard Kipling :
               No one thinks of winter when the grass is green.
     
                                                 Kisses and hugs from The Castle Lady

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