Who seems to suffer more in "The White Man's Burden": the empire or the colony?

In Kipling's "The White Man's Burden," the empire suffers more than the colony it is invading.

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From the point of view of the speaker of "The White Man's Burden," the empire suffers more from the burden of colonialism than the colony. To the speaker, the white colonizers sacrifice their best men to go to the aid of a "sullen" people who are "half devil and half child."

The poem goes on to outline the sacrifices the white conquerers make to civilize "captive" Native peoples. Whites are patient as they face "terror." They are...

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