THE BURDEN OF JERUSALEM
Below is a poem said to have been written by Rudyard Kipling but kept "secret" for some reason by his widow. It is claimed that the poem was included in two small unpublished works by Kipling that Winston Churchill mentioned in a letter to President Roosevelt in October 1943 as being sent to the latter.
The poem has a very strong pro-Zionist message whereas Kipling was said to have been reserved about the Zionist cause even though he moved in circles that were not. The style is very similar to that of Kipling but in my opinion differs from it. This however does not really prove anything. At all events, the poem is quite good and uplifting. It is worth reading.
The Poem is important because:
1. Its substance reflects a certain attitude towards the Jews and Zionism which is sceptical, mocking, and admiring all at the same time.
2. It may show another apect of the complex personality of Rudyard Kipling.
3. It reflects on the mutual interests of Winston Chuchill and Presdient Roosevelt at a crucial moment in history.
[Brought to our attention by Alex Zephyr]
But Abram said unto Sarai, “Behold
In ancient days