Rudyard Kipling was known as the poet of the British Empire, He extolled its virtues when the empire was at its very height. If you looked at a world globe in his days it seemed that almost half was painted in British colors; and the saying was, “The sun never sets on the British Empire.”
How things change.
The British Empire is a mere shell of what it was in the early 20th Century, and very few people read Kipling anymore. Nevertheless, I will never forget the tribute he wrote to a native water boy who died while serving the men of a British regiment in India. The last lines of that poem were favorites of my brother-in-law Paul Carruth, and he often recited them.
Yes, Din! Din! Din!
You Lazarushian-leather Gunga Din!
Though I’ve belted you and flayed you,
By the livin’ Gawd that made you,
You’re a better man than I am, Gunga Din!