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September 16th, 2005

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04:55 pm - Another poem found through fanfic
Thanks to Sheila Paulson, in whose Sentinel/Ghostbusters story Your Young Men Shall See Visions, I found this poem quoted.


by Rudyard Kipling

One man in a thousand, Solomon says,
Will stick more close than a brother.
And it’s worth while seeking him half your days
If you find him before the other.
Nine hundred and ninety-nine depend
On what the world sees in you,
But the Thousandth Man will stand your friend
With the whole round world agin you.

’Tis neither promise nor prayer nor show
Will settle the finding for ’ee.
Nine hundred and ninety-nine of ’em go
By your looks, or your acts, or your glory.
But if he finds you and you find him,
The rest of the world don’t matter;
For the Thousandth Man will sink or swim
With you in any water.

You can use his purse with no more talk
Than he uses yours for his spendings,
And laugh and meet in your daily walk
As though there had been no lendings.
Nine hundred and ninety-nine of ’em call
For silver and gold in their dealings;
But the Thousandth Man he’s worth ’em all;
Because you can show him your feelings.

His wrong’s your wrong, and his right’s your right,
In season or out of season.
Stand up and back it in all men’s sight—
With that for your only reason!
Nine hundred and ninety-nine can’t bide
The shame or mocking or laughter,
But the Thousandth Man will stand by your side
To the gallows-foot—and after!

I've found more than my share of such friends...thanks, to you all, for being that one-in-a-thousand.
Current Mood: gratefulgrateful

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Date:September 17th, 2005 01:18 am (UTC)
I remember that being quoted from in a Star Trek novel that I read, oh, more than thirty years ago now. 'Spock Must Die!', I think it was. Quite appropriate for buddy shows.
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Date:September 17th, 2005 08:47 am (UTC)
Actually, I used the same poem to teach someone a lesson: http://www.livejournal.com/users/fpb/67355.html
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Date:September 19th, 2005 05:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks for that link....I'd completely forgotten about "L'Envoi"! :-)
Date:September 19th, 2005 12:40 pm (UTC)
I was introduced to this poem in a TS fic as well, though not the one you mention. Now it's going to drive me nuts trying to remember where I saw it. Thanks bunches.

Date:September 19th, 2005 01:06 pm (UTC)

Found it

Ah-ha! I found it. Shoulda known it was from one of my faves. I've thought about re-reading it since Katrina, as it's set in New Orleans, but I haven't been able to bring myself to do it just yet. Anyway . . .

Body and Sould, by Paula


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Date:September 19th, 2005 05:05 pm (UTC)

Re: Found it

Now I'm trying to remember which story this is. Oh! Of course. I think I shall have to reread, as well. :-)
Date:September 19th, 2005 06:24 pm (UTC)

Re: Found it

Heh. It'd help if my fingers didn't take off of their own accord when typing. But I'm sure you figured out the actual title. :-)


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