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The Fairies’ Siege

The Fairies’ Siege

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’11 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’11 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’11 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!



Poem The Fairies’ Siege - Rudyard Kipling