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Rudyard Kipling

Gallio's Song

"And Gallio cared for none of these things."-- Acts xviii. 17
"Little Foxes"-- Actions and Reactions.

All day long to the judgment-seat The crazed Provincials drew-- All day long at their ruler's feet Howled for the blood of the Jew. Insurrection with one accord Banded itself and woke, And Paul was about to open his mouth When Achaia's Deputy spoke-- "Whether the God descend from above Or the Man ascend upon high, Whether this maker of tents be Jove Or a younger deity-- I will be no judge between your gods And your godless bickerings. Lictor, drive them hence with rods-- I care for none of these things! Were it a question of lawful due Or Caesar's rule denied, Reason would I should bear with you And order it well to be tried; But this is a question of words and names, I know the strife it brings. I will not pass upon any your claims. I care for none of these things. One thing only I see most clear, As I pray you also see. Claudius Caesar hath set me here Rome's Deputy to be. It is Her peace that ye go to break-- Not mine, nor any king's. But, touching your clamour of 'Conscience sake,' I care for none of these things. Whether ye rise for the sake of a creed, Or riot in hope of spoil, Equally will I punish the deed, Equally check the broil; Nowise permitting injustice at all From whatever doctrine it springs-- But--whether ye follow Priapus or Paul, I care for none of these things!"

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