COLD IRON

by Antonio Gil February. 06, 2016 2898 views

‘Cold Iron’
a poem by Rudyard Kipling


‘Gold is for the mistress — silver for the maid —
Copper for the craftsman cunning at his trade.’
‘Good!’ said the Baron, sitting in his hall,
‘But Iron — Cold Iron — is master of them all.’

So he made rebellion ’gainst the King his liege,
Camped before his citadel and summoned it to siege.
‘Nay!’ said the cannoneer on the castle wall,
‘But Iron — Cold Iron — shall be master of you all!’

Woe for the Baron and his knights so strong,
When the cruel cannon-balls laid ’em all along;
He was taken prisoner, he was cast in thrall,
And Iron — Cold Iron — was master of it all!

Yet his King spake kindly (ah, how kind a Lord!)
‘What if I release thee now and give thee back thy sword?’
‘Nay!’ said the Baron, ‘mock not at my fall,
For Iron — Cold Iron — is master of men all.’

‘Tears are for the craven, prayers are for the clown —
Halters for the silly neck that cannot keep a crown.’
‘As my loss is grievous, so my hope is small,
For Iron — Cold Iron — must be master of men all!’

Yet his King made answer (few such Kings there be!)
‘Here is Bread and here is Wine — sit and sup with me.
Eat and drink in Mary’s Name, the whiles I do recall
How Iron — Cold Iron — can be master of men all!’

He took the Wine and blessed it. He blessed and brake the Bread.
With His own Hands He served Them, and presently He said:
‘See! These Hands they pierced with nails, outside My city wall,
Show Iron — Cold Iron — to be master of men all.’

‘Wounds are for the desperate, blows are for the strong.
Balm and oil for weary hearts all cut and bruised with wrong.
I forgive thy treason — I redeem thy fall —
For Iron — Cold Iron — must be master of men all!’

‘Crowns are for the valiant — sceptres for the bold!
Thrones and powers for mighty men who dare to take and hold!’
‘Nay!’ said the Baron, kneeling in his hall,
‘But Iron — Cold Iron — is master of men all!
Iron out of Calvary is master of men all!’

♫♫ THE POEM “COLD IRON” BY RUDYARD KIPLING SET TO MUSIC♫♫ [youtube.com]

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Brenda Scott 3 years, 9 months ago

I love how you use images and words together. The shapes and lines in these are striking.

3 years, 9 months ago Edited
Teo Montana 3 years, 10 months ago

Beautiful set!

3 years, 10 months ago Edited
Ros Mercury 3 years, 10 months ago

Great no.3, the kind of iron art I love to see.

3 years, 10 months ago Edited
Glo B 3 years, 10 months ago

love the last one... :)

3 years, 10 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 3 years, 10 months ago

Razor-sharp, unique series, so aptly paired with the poem.....Bravo!
I wonder what got snagged in # 2? Love the POV's, colors & clarity.

3 years, 10 months ago Edited
Louise Hayes 3 years, 10 months ago

Decicive

3 years, 10 months ago Edited
Francesc 3 years, 10 months ago

Great work

3 years, 10 months ago Edited
Renato Martins 3 years, 10 months ago

#3 é a minha favorita. Que bela harmonia de linhas com uma interessante composição... Favs :)

3 years, 10 months ago Edited
Sara G 3 years, 10 months ago

First one is fabulous..great poem.

3 years, 10 months ago Edited
Jacki 3 years, 10 months ago

Really nicely done! First is my favorite.

3 years, 10 months ago Edited
Gonia 3 years, 10 months ago

I was thinking - what is the 1st in your mind - poem or picture? Write me the true!:)
I like as MoMac - 2nd one.

3 years, 10 months ago Edited
Moira 3 years, 10 months ago

Great texture and colour in the 2nd one.

3 years, 10 months ago Edited
Sadhya Rippon 3 years, 10 months ago

Well photographed and conceived.

3 years, 10 months ago Edited
Evalizette Hansson 3 years, 10 months ago

I love the symmetry in those! Rings in my favourites :)

3 years, 10 months ago Edited
Gillian Parsons 3 years, 10 months ago

We have a programme in UK called Dad's Army as they used to say on there 'They Don't Like It Up Them' :-)

3 years, 10 months ago Edited
Bill Baird 3 years, 10 months ago

Nice. you captured the detail.

3 years, 10 months ago Edited
Marsha 3 years, 10 months ago

Nice clarity and depth!

3 years, 10 months ago Edited
Tim Rogers 3 years, 10 months ago

Well done, great series

3 years, 10 months ago Edited
Eiram Marie 3 years, 10 months ago

sharp and dangerous today!
:)

3 years, 10 months ago Edited
Tomie Poodle 3 years, 10 months ago

De belles compositions et de beaux details !

3 years, 10 months ago Edited
Matt 3 years, 10 months ago

Nice shots Antonio. I like the way you've framed #3. Representative of a bunch of grapes maybe?

3 years, 10 months ago Edited
Marilyn Grimble 3 years, 10 months ago

The thought of being impaled was my first thought! Ugh ...

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