CONCEPTUAL ORDNANCE AND SYMBOLIC MUNITIONS FOR THE PARADIGM WARRIOR.

The Disciple

THE DISCIPLE by

RUDYARD KIPLING

He that hath a Gospel
To loose upon mankind,

Though he serve it utterly –
Body, soul and mind –
Though he go to Calvary
Daily for its gain –
It is his Disciple
Shall make his labour vain.

It is his disciple
(Ere those bones are dust)
Who shall change the charter,
Who shall split the trust –
Amplify distinctions,
Rationalise the Claim,
Preaching that the Master
Would have done the same.

He that hath a Gospel
Whereby Heaven is won –
(Carpenter or Cameleer,
Or Maya’s dreaming son) –
Many swords shall pierce him,
Mingling blood with gall;
But His Own Disciple
Shall wound him worst of all.

He that hath a Gospel,
For all earth to own
Though he etch it on the steel,
Or carve it on the stone –
Not to be misdoubted
Through the after-days –
It is his disciple
Shall read it many ways.

It is his disciple
Who shall tell us how
Much the Master would have scrapped
Had he lived to now –
What he would have modified
Of what he said before –
It is his disciple
Shall do this and more.
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