(notes by Geoffrey Annis
and John Radcliffe)
The new friendship of two great Anglo-Saxon nations which a book of this character may illustrate, is filled with such high promise for both of them and for all civilisation.He later quoted the US Ambassador Walter H. Page, speaking to the Pilgrim’s Dinner in London on April 12, 1917, calling America's decision:
..an indissoluble companionship of our two nations ... and ... indissoluble mutual duties for mankind.For Kipling's view of America's responsinility as a power in the world, see “The White Man’s Burden”. (See also Martin Down in KJ 335.) For his sense of the affinities of kinship between British and American peoples, see "An Habitation Enforced" in Actions and Reactions..
Few things made Kipling angrier than the prolonged neutrality of the United States. Wilson's offer to mediate a `peace without victory' rewarding neither side, together with his proposal for a post-war league of nations, infuriated Kipling almost as much as his later `idiotic' Fourteen Points on the principles of a post-war settlement...
He was so relieved by the declaration of war that he did not carp about its tardiness or the reasoning behind the change of policy. `Don't take the lateness ... to heart,' he told Forbes. There was still plenty of work to do, and America's `value in the scheme of civilisation' would be to `put in the coup de grace'.
[memo of Cameron Forbes, Kipling collection, Harvard, cited by David Gilmour pp, 266-7].
Praise God from whom all blessings flowThomas Pinney observes (vol 4 p. 545, note 12): The New Version added to the Trinity is presumably ‘the God in Man displayed’ or ‘the Spirit that moves in Man.”
Praise Him, all creatures here below
Praise him above, ye Heavenly Host
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
[Thomas Ken, 1674]