General Joubert

(Died, South African War, March 27, 1900)


With those that bred, with those that loosed the strife,
He had no part whose hands were clear of gain;
But subtle, strong, and stubborn, gave his life
To a lost cause, and knew the gift was vain.

Later shall rise a people, sane and great,
Forged in strong fires, by equal war made one;
Telling old battles over without hate —
Not least his name shall pass from sire to son.

He may not meet the onsweep of our van 
In the doomed city when we close the score; 
Yet o’er his grave — his grave that holds a man — 
Our deep-tongued guns shall answer his once more! 
Rudyard Kipling

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