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10:38 am: The Fairy Siege by Rudyard Kipling

Because you can't read it too many times:

 

I have been given my charge to keep--
Well have I kept the same!
Playing with strife for the most of my life,
But this is a different game.
I'll not fight against swords unseen,
Or spears that I cannot view--
Hand him the keys of the place on your knees--
'Tis the Dreamer whose dreams come true!

Ask him his terms and accept them at once.
Quick, ere we anger him, go!
Never before have I flinched from the guns,
But this is a different show.
I'll not fight with the Herald of God
(I know what his Master can do!)
Open the gate, he must enter in state,
'Tis the Dreamer whose dreams come true!

I'd not give way for an Emperor,
I'd hold my road for a King--
To the Triple Crown I would not bow down--
But this is a different thing.
I'll not fight with the Powers of Air,
Sentry, pass him through!
Drawbridge let fall, 'tis the Lord of us all,
The Dreamer whose dreams come true!


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From:bojojoti
Date:March 6th, 2010 01:08 am (UTC)
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Thank you!
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From:jjbrannon
Date:March 6th, 2010 06:42 am (UTC)

Previously unknown to me

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I suspected by the first couplet as I read aloud and, not quite one stanza through, I recognized the author with sureness.

JJB
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From:arhyalon
Date:March 7th, 2010 04:18 am (UTC)

Re: Previously unknown to me

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I utterly love this poem. It may be my favorite. I am always amazed that it is not more famous. The mood of it is absolutely wonderful.

That's what I wante the Powers of Heaven to be like in my Prospero series. I didn't quite capture it...but I think I got into the right ball park. (I don't think any Heavenly powers appear until Volume Two and Three.;-)
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