Get Your Premium Membership

Dane-Geld

 A.
D.
980-1016 It is always a temptation to an armed and agile nation To call upon a neighbour and to say: -- "We invaded you last night -- we are quite prepared to fight, Unless you pay us cash to go away.
" And that is called asking for Dane-geld, And the people who ask ti explain That you've only to pay 'em the Dane-geld And then you'll get rid of the Dane! It is always a temptation to a rich and lazy nation, To puff and look important and to say: -- "Though we know we should defeat you, we have not the time to meet you.
We will therefore pay you cash to go away.
" And that is called paying the Dane-geld; But we've proved it again and again, That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld You never get rid of the Dane.
It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation, For fear they should succumb and go astray; So when you are requested to pay up or be molested, You will find it better policy to say: -- "We never pay any-one Dane-geld, No matter how trifling the cost; For the end of that game is oppression and shame, And the nation that plays it is lost!"

Poem by Rudyard Kipling
Biography | Poems | Best Poems | Short Poems | Quotes | Email Poem - Dane-GeldEmail Poem | Create an image from this poem

Poems are below...



More Poems by Rudyard Kipling

Comments, Analysis, and Meaning on Dane-Geld

Provide your analysis, explanation, meaning, interpretation, and comments on the poem Dane-Geld here.

Commenting turned off, sorry.