Gods of the Copybook Headings

The Gods of the Copybook Headings is a poem written by Rudyard Kipling in 1919. It relates the effect of public opinion upon copybooks and vice versa. Beginning with the first paragraph, the Gods of the Copybook Headings outlast the public opinion, or Gods of the Marketplace, as the latter changes, rises and falls.

“As I pass through my incarnations in every age and race,

I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market Place.

Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,

And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.”

The poem continues to say that although the marketplace can seem to rule the copybooks, Continue reading