Kipling’s “The Wrath Of The Awakened Saxon”


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by Rudyard Kipling

It was not part of their blood,
It came to them very late,
With long arrears to make good,
When the Saxon began to hate.

They were not easily moved,
They were icy — willing to wait
Till every count should be proved,
Ere the Saxon began to hate.

Their voices were even and low.
Their eyes were level and straight.
There was neither sign nor show
When the Saxon began to hate.

It was not preached to the crowd.
It was not taught by the state.
No man spoke it aloud
When the Saxon began to hate.

It was not suddently bred.
It will not swiftly abate.
Through the chilled years ahead,
When Time shall count from the date
That the Saxon began to hate.

25 responses to “Kipling’s “The Wrath Of The Awakened Saxon”

  1. The MAD Jewess

    Amen. I also posted this a few years back.

  2. My mom used to say hate won’t keep you going. She was wrong.

  3. Walking Horse

    The Statists’ impoverished view of man as homo economicus neatly ignores the powerful influence of culture. Saxon blood infuses many of us, conveyed to we in the States via the Scots.

    • Max Velocity

      Saxon is not Scot. Anglo-Saxon is English, as opposed to Welsh, Scots or Irish Celtic tribes. Comes from the Angles, Saxons and Jutes who were northern Germanic tribes, who settled England after the Romans left. The next wave was the Scandanavian ‘Vikings’, very similar culturally.

      • Not entirely accurate Max. The concepts of England, Scotland, and Ireland as we now know them did not exist when the Angles, Saxons and Jutes started settling on Albion.

        The “Anglo-Saxons” settled the entire eastern seaboard as far North as Edinburgh. The West, including Mercia, Wales and Cornwall were held by the Romanised Britons. The South West of Scotland by (confusingly) The Scots (an Irish tribe), and the North of Scotland by the Picts.

        The point being, it’s too simplistic an interpretation for current day England to lay claim to all Anglo Saxon heritage. They started settling the East coast in ~600, and the Nations as we know them today did not congeal for another 1000 years.

        As such, it would not be wholey incorrect to assert that Anglo Saxon genetics were brought to America by Scottish people. However, not all Scottish people have Anglo Saxon ancestry and to your point – there are significantly more English that do (but again, not all).

        These insights help explain the strong and unique regional identities within the British Isles to this day, utilized so effectively in the tribal regimental system of The British Army.

  4. Yes this one, The Stranger, and the Law of the Jungle are usually kept out of anthologies. Just too non PC. Check out this verse from the Law of the Jungle as a warning against Libertarianism:

    The Kill of the Pack is the meat of the Pack.
    Ye must eat where it lies;
    And no one may carry away of that meat to his lair,
    or he dies.

    • Hey Gwain…WTF does that verse have to do with Libertarianism?

      You seem like a bright guy and I want you to have whatever you wish, as long as you don’t loot it from others. But I gotta tell you, your collectivist appeals are getting more simplistic by the day, and you do your cause no good.

      • But the Elite do loot from the People. And Libertarianism cannot help the situation since it postulates making money as the be all and end all. What powerful people do affects everyone – therefore they must be responsible. It doesn’t have to be negative – think of it as a promotion. The new multi-billionaire is now a peer of the political rulers and treated as an equal.

        You don’t like it? It will happen anyway. THEY are doing it all the time. Is Facebook private? Sure, they didn’t take away Zuck’s company – but as one of the Elite he serves their class interests. Look at the dozen or so new gender options offered. Break down of the family and the individual is high on their list of priorities and Zuck’s going along with it. Ditto on amnesty etc. He’s Tribe and probably feels the very same way to begin with.

        In East Asia, all of this is seen as natural and inevitable. All that rises must converge. Political Power becomes Economic Power and vice versa. But one caveat: the Political must rule since they are the ones who have been charged by the People and are accountable to them. In the West, the Economic Elite have taken over the Political. Your Libertarianism just wants to finish the nasty business and call the Desert, Peace and Prosperity. You deny it of course. But that would be the simple result. Thomas Flemming of Chronicles Magazine put it well: Unique in todays world, Libertarianism actually logically follows from its principles. But they are not First Principles.

        Society cannot be sustained by the mere making of money. Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Father.

        • First, I’m no Libertarian, especially not with a capital L; I was asking. Two of your points make good sense, that it’s an elite-arranged caste system and that one’s morality doesn’t stop the other guy from acting on his whacked-out morality. When you’re from Detroit, that’s nearly axiomatic.

          What you say about money makes sense too, but you miss the far larger issue. It’s about living as one chooses, and money CAN be a good way to handle trading, division of labor and so on. No, of course it should never be the be-all and end-all; that’s just another trick too. You might find this worthwhile…

        • “But that would be the simple result.”

          Formally, that’s called the subjunctive. That’s alright–I wouldn’t care to argue that it’s a bad guess–but again it distracts from the point. The result, simple or otherwise, is going to be what a bunch of individuals make it. Period. You can classify those individuals however you wish, and I know you do it fairly accurately, but it should be done with a cognizance of the things doing the action. Those things are NOT classifications.

          Plus generally, Pragmatism sucks. And if you think results can be simple, go to a racetrack and you’ll discover otherwise…unless you want to assert that humans are less complex than horses bred to race.

        • Lastly, you never did answer the question. WTF does that verse have to do with Libertarianism? “Money-grubbing” isn’t even close to “stealing and then going off on your own.”

  5. extremely ray’cissssssssssss. We must love our enemies, and help them perceive the error of their ways. If all else fails, we can, figuratively speaking, “expel them into Borador” . Borador, according to Jack Vance, consists of a country about 2′ x 2′ x 6′, whose roof, walls, and floor can then be contracted to an infinite point.

  6. CA, I know accuracy is important to you, especially where our Anglo-American heritage is concerned.

    Kipling did not write this.

    He penned, “The Beginnings” and it speaks of the wrath of the awakened English.

    Here’s a website:


    i agree about the power and influence of the Saxon culture in Amerika. The problem is there are too few of us to do much. If you read the recent posts on this site about the vaporization of the New Whigs(Republicans), you can read between the lines and know that racial and ethnic demographics are changing Amerika forever and tuning us into a banana-republic septic tank, like Venezuela.
    Now before you call me a defeatist, cheese-eating surrender monkey, pay attention. Our remnant can still survive and even triumph IF the “economic correction” that is constantly being forecast comes true. When the Leviathan cannot pay its Orcs, they will pull a Katrina. When the FSA SNAP and EBT cards no longer work, metro-meltdown will happen. But, if we manage to lurch along economically and end up doing the Argentina-Cloward-Priven thing, then the raids and roadblocks will continue and each one of us will be faced with a fish-or-cut-bait situation. The older and more disabled I get, the fewer options I will have. But then, the choice will be become clearer. The man was not a Saxon, but Emiliano Zapata said it all: “I would rather die on my feet than live on my knees.” Stay prepped, my friends..

    • “Our remnant can still survive and even triumph IF the ‘economic correction’ that is constantly being forecast comes true.”

      There it is…what happens in our own lives is dependent on what other people do. Yawn.

      Newsflash—what happens in YOUR life depends on what YOU do. By all means, do it with others; the more the merrier. But if you really believe that self-ownership and self-responsibility can be done away with words, then the Obama team is right for you. After all, he is the utter King of that Meme.

  8. Amen, indeed.

    Just add in a few other Kipling gems, such as “The Gods of The Copybook Headings” and “If” and you pretty much have the philosophical narrative for the coming unpleasantness.

    When sifting through the chaff of mankind in search of the rare grain of wheat, remember and be encouraged by the words of “The Thousandth Man.”

    Also, anytime you whine about your rifle or other gear, remember this advice from “The Young British Soldier”

    “When ‘arf of your bullets fly wide in the ditch,
    Don’t call your Martini a cross-eyed old bitch;
    She’s human as you are — you treat her as sich,
    An’ she’ll fight for the young British soldier.
    Fight, fight, fight for the soldier . . . ”

    And the list goes on and on and on…..

    Keep your powder dry,

    Atlas Shrug (who inherited his share of simmering Saxon hate from his Scots Irish ancestors)

  9. Takk for sist. Til Valhalla.

  10. Must be something in our blood, from the cornfield encroached
    Carolina hilltop graveyards of my ancestors to the National Cemetary
    We have always chaffed at the notion we must “be careful what you
    say ” .

  11. If hate keeps a man alive, then I am not going to die until after I reach 100………..

    • Don’t be so defeatist, Sean. With what’s going on now, you should hit 250 and still be doing ruck runs.

  12. If hate keeps a man alive, my ex-wife is the fountain of youth.

  13. dis be dem raciss

    B Obama

  14. I have the book; Rudyard KIpling Complete Verse, Definitive Edition. The poem is titled; The Beginings. And it is the English and not the Saxon. Still, my gratitude for posting this poem. Will memorize it. Best line ever penned about war was done by Kipling; “If any question why we died, tell them because our fathers lied”.