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RUDYARD KIPLING, FREEMASON
RUDYARD KIPLING NOTES
KIPLING AND FREEMASONRY
KIPLING’s POETRY
MASONIC BIOGRAPHIES
The Widow at Windsor
MASONIC REFERENCES
If
The Mother Lodge
My new-cut Ashlar
The Palace
A Pilgrim’s Way
The Widow of Windsor
Other prose references
'AVE you 'eard o' the Widow at Windsor
With a hairy gold crown on 'er 'ead?
She 'as ships on the foam — she 'as millions at 'ome,
An' she pays us poor beggars in red.
[Ow, poor beggars in red!]:
There’s 'er nick on the cavalry 'orses,
There’s 'er mark on the medical stores —
An' 'er troopers you'll find with a fair wind be'ind
That takes us to various wars.
[Poor beggars! — barbarious wars!]:
Then 'ere’s to the Widow at Windsor,
An' 'ere’s to the stores an' the guns,
The men an' the 'orses what makes up the forces
O' Missis Victorier’s sons.
[Poor beggars! Victorier’s sons!]:
Walk wide o' the Widow at Windsor,
For 'alf o' Creation she owns:
We 'ave bought 'er the same with the sword an' the flame,
An' we've salted it down with our bones.
[Poor beggars! — it’s blue with our bones!]:
Hands off o' the sons o' the Widow,
Hands off o' the goods in 'er shop,
For the Kings must come down an' the Emperors frown
When the Widow at Windsor says "Stop"!
[Poor beggars! — we're sent to say "Stop"!]:
Then 'ere’s to the Lodge o' the Widow,
From the Pole to the Tropics it runs —
To the Lodge that we tile with the rank an' the file,
An' open in form with the guns.
[Poor beggars! — it’s always the guns!]:
We 'ave 'eard o' the Widow at Windsor,
It’s safest to let 'er alone:
For 'er sentries we stand by the sea an' the land
Wherever the bugles are blown.
[Poor beggars! — an' don't we get blown!]:
Take 'old o' the Wings o' the Mornin',
An' flop round the earth till you're dead;
But you won't get away from the tune that they play
To the bloomin' old rag over'ead.
[Poor beggars! — it’s 'ot over'ead!]:
Then 'ere’s to the sons o' the Widow,
Wherever, 'owever they roam.
'Ere’s all they desire, an' if they require
A speedy return to their 'ome.
[Poor beggars! — they'll never see 'ome!]:

Reprinted from Ballads and barrack-room ballads by Rudyard Kipling. New York ; London : Macmillan and Co., 1892. xvi, 207 p ; 19 cm.

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