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Rudyard Kipling (8)
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‘Recessional’
Music: George Frideric Handel
A heartfelt plea for humility at the height of Britain’s Empire.

GOD of our fathers, known of old —
Lord of our far-flung battle-line —
Beneath whose awful Hand we hold
Dominion over palm and pine —
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget — lest we forget!

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Humility. Humiliation.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Sink. Hold. Judge.

Use together in one sentence: Use. Build. Us.

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Six Honest Serving-Men
Music: Felix Mendelssohn
A professional journalist and author recognises that he has met his match

I KEEP six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
I send them over land and sea,
I send them east and west;
But after they have worked for me,
I give them all a rest.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Honest. Frank. Blunt.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Rest. Let. Know.

Use together in one sentence: At all. Open. Hungry.

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‘Sussex’
Music: George Butterworth
A meditation on our instinctive love for the place in which we live.

GOD gave all men all earth to love,But since our hearts are small,Ordained for each one spot should proveBelovèd over all;That, as He watched Creation’s birth,So we, in godlike mood,May of our love create our earthAnd see that it is good.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Its. It’s.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Watch. Man. See.

Use together in one sentence: Speech. Should. Prove.

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Kipling and ‘Agamemnon’
Music: Sir William Sterndale Bennett
Both Rudyard Kipling and the Royal Navy saw Greek sovereignty as a universal symbol of freedom.

RUDYARD Kipling liked to pretend that he was hopeless at classical languages.

Yet he wrote half-a-dozen stories set in classical antiquity, and as the Great War drew to a close in 1918, sent to the ‘Telegraph’ a translation of the Greek national anthem, ‘Hymn to Liberty’, composed in 1823 as Greece fought for independence from the Turks.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Allusion. Illusion.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Champion. Set. Reward.

Use together in one sentence: Telegraph. Later. Five.

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‘Hail, Liberty!’
Music: Edward Elgar
Kipling borrowed from the Greek Independence movement to give thanks for the end of the Great War.

WE knew thee of old,
Oh divinely restored,
By the light of thine eyes
And the light of thy Sword.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Breath. Breathe.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Light. Return. Lay.

Use together in one sentence: No. Shadow. Dwell.

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‘If...’
Music: Sir Hubert Parry
A reflection on what builds real character

IF you can keep your head when all about youAre losing theirs and blaming it on you,If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,But make allowance for their doubting too;If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Dare. Risk.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Risk. Doubt. Serve.

Use together in one sentence: Impostor. Tire. Men.

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