Te Deums: Hyas soclee tyee
Found in The Atlin [BC] Claim, Saturday, April 21, 1900, page 4, column 3.
A classic 19th-century newspaper doggerel poem, which assumes the reader understands ‘Chinook’, titled Te Deums:
“The Prince of Orange, William
Must have been a Boer villain.”
—KIPLING of PINE. –
All hail! all hall! to’the great Kipling of Pine!
O, lordly quill-driver, what glory is thine!
O, most consummate master of prose and of
The king of scribes and marvel of the uni-
With thine amorous pen thou hast the muses
The whole literary tribe to subjection reduced.
To thy feet the whole world has fallen at
Compared to thee Shakespeare was only a
Hadst thou been born before Byron saw the
His name would not have filled the world
He would have been called the great Kipling
A name more famous on which to recline.
A literary god, poetic wonder of the age!
A behemoth of the pen, who’ll soon be all
We incline in thy presence, where thunder
seems to roll,
Like Indians bowing down before a totem
Unsurpassed by any to launch Apollo’s
Hyas soclee tyee* of the literary craft:
Had immortal Shakespeare seen thy latest
He’d have tucked his tail and hastened off to
O, for the braying voice of the long-eared
O for the mighty Gabriel’s horn of the
To trumpet thy praise, 0 great Kipling
To follow thee where pitch is used in place of
Pine City, B. C. ,** April 15.
*great high chief (great god)
**a.k.a. Discovery City