The Jedi Burden

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The Jedi Burden

Take up the Jedi burden
Go forth the best of breeds
Go bind yourself to exile
To serve your master's need;
To wait in heavy harness,
On fluttered folk and wild
Your worldly, sullen peoples,
Half-devil and half-child.

Take up the Jedi burden
In patience to abide,
To veil the threat of terror
And check the show of pride;
By open speech and simple,
And hundred times made plain
To seek anothers profit,
And work anothers gain.

Take up the Jedi burden
The savage wars of peace
Fill full the mouth of Famine
And bid the sickness cease;
And when your goal is nearest
The end for others sought,
Watch sloth and heathen Folly
Bring all your hopes to naught.

Take up the Jedi burden
No tawdry rule of kings,
But toil of serf and sweeper
The tale of common things.
The ports ye shall not enter,
The roads ye shall not tread,
Help make them with your living,
And mark them with your dead.

Take up the Jedi burden
And reap the old reward:
The blame of those ye better, the hate of those ye guard
The cry of hosts ye humor
(Ah, slowly!) toward the light
Why brought you us from bondage,
Our loved hedonic night?

Take up the Jedi burden
Ye dare not stoop to less
Nor call too loud on Freedom
To cloak your weariness;
By all ye cry or whisper,
By all ye leave or do,
The silent, sullen peoples
Shall weigh your gods and you.

Take up the Jedi burden
Have done with childish days
The lightly proffered laurel,
The easy, ungrudged praise.
Comes now, to search your manhood
Through all the thankless years
Cold, edged with dear-bought wisdom,
The judgment of your peers!