Rudyard Kipling

The Ship That Found Herself By Rudyard Kipling

The Ship That Found Herself By Rudyard Kipling

The Ship That Found Herself We now, held in captivity, Spring to our bondage nor grieve– See now, how it is blesseder, Brothers, to give than receive! Keep trust, wherefore we were made, Paying the debt that we owe; For a clean thrust, and the shear of the blade, Will carry us where would go. ...

The Storm Cone By Rudyard Kipling

The Storm Cone By Rudyard Kipling

The Storm Cone This is the midnight-let no star Delude us-dawn is very far. This is the tempest long foretold- Slow to make head but sure to hold Stand by! The lull ‘twixt blast and blast Signals the storm is near, not past; And worse than present jeopardy May our forlorn to-morrow be. If we h...

The Two-Sided Man By Rudyard Kipling

The Two-Sided Man By Rudyard Kipling

The Two-Sided Man Much I owe to the Lands that grew– More to the Lives that fed– But most to Allah Who gave me two Separate sides to my head. Much I reflect on the Good and the True In the Faiths beneath the sun, But most to Allah Who gave me two Sides to my head, not one. Wesley’s...

The Sea And The Hills By Rudyard Kipling

The Sea And The Hills By Rudyard Kipling

The Sea And The Hills Who hath desired the Sea? — the sight of salt water unbounded — The heave and the halt and the hurl and the crash of the comber wind-hounded? The sleek-barrelled swell before storm, grey, foamless, enormous, and growing — Stark calm on the lap of the Line or t...

The North Sea Patrol By Rudyard Kipling

The North Sea Patrol By Rudyard Kipling

The North Sea Patrol 1914-18 — Sea Warfare Where the East wind is brewed fresh and fresh every morning, And the balmy night-breezes blow straight from the Pole, I heard a Destroyer sing: “What an enjoya- ble life does one lead on the North Sea Patrol! “To blow things to bits is our...

The Last Suttee By Rudyard Kipling

The Last Suttee By Rudyard Kipling

The Last Suttee Not many years ago a King died in one of the Rajpoot States. His wives, disregarding the orders of the English against Suttee, would have broken out of the palace had not the gates been barred. But one of them, disguised as the King’s favourite dancing-girl, passed through the ...

The Gypsy-Trail By Rudyard Kipling

The Gypsy-Trail By Rudyard Kipling

The Gypsy-Trail The white moth to the closing bine, The bee to the opened clover, And the gipsy blood to the gipsy blood Ever the wide world over. Ever the wide world over, lass, Ever the trail held true, Over the world and under the world, And back at the last to you. Out of the dark of the gorgio ...

The Dove Of Dacca By Rudyard Kipling

The Dove Of Dacca By Rudyard Kipling

The Dove Of Dacca The freed dove flew to the Rajah’s tower— Fled from the slaughter of Moslem kings— And the thorns have covered the city of Gaur. Dove—dove—oh, homing dove! Little white traitor, with woe on thy wings! The Rajah of Dacca rode under the wall; He set in his bosom a dove of fligh...

The Braggart By Rudyard Kipling

The Braggart By Rudyard Kipling

The Braggart Mat. Prior Petrolio, vaunting his Mercedes’ power, Vows she can cover eighty miles an hour. I tried the car of old and know she can. But dare he ever make her? Ask his man! Hits: 1

Tarrant Moss By Rudyard Kipling

Tarrant Moss By Rudyard Kipling

Tarrant Moss I closed and drew for my love’s sake That now is false to me, And I slew the Reiver of Tarrant Moss And set Dumeny free. They have gone down, they have gone down, They are standing all arow – Twenty knights in the peat-water, That never struck a blow! Their armour shall not ...

Public Waste By Rudyard Kipling

Public Waste By Rudyard Kipling

Public Waste Walpole talks of “a man and his price.” List to a ditty queer — The sale of a Deputy-Acting-Vice- Resident-Engineer, Boug ht like a bullock, hoof and hide, By the Little Tin Gods on the Mountain Side. By the Laws of the Family Circle ’tis written in letters of br...

Mowgli’s Brothers By Rudyard Kipling

Mowgli’s Brothers By Rudyard Kipling

Mowgli’s Brothers Now Chil the Kite brings home the night That Mang the Bat sets free– The herds are shut in byre and hut, For loosed till dawn are we. This is the hour of pride and power, Talon and tush and claw. Oh, hear the call!–Good hunting all That keep the Jungle Law! Hits: ...

In The Neolithic Age By Rudyard Kipling

In The Neolithic Age By Rudyard Kipling

In The Neolithic Age In the Neolithic Age savage warfare did I wage For food and fame and woolly horses’ pelt; I was singer to my clan in that dim, red Dawn of Man, And I sang of all we fought and feared and felt. Yea, I sang as now I sing, when the Prehistoric spring Made the piled Biscayan i...

General Joubert By Rudyard Kipling

General Joubert By Rudyard Kipling

General Joubert (Died, South African War, March 27, 1900) With those that bred, with those that loosed the strife, He had no part whose hands were clear of gain; But subtle, strong, and stubborn, gave his life To a lost cause, and knew the gift was vain. Later shall rise a people, sane and great, Fo...

Cupid’s Arrows By Rudyard Kipling

Cupid’s Arrows By Rudyard Kipling

Cupid’s Arrows Pit where the buffalo cooled his hide, By the hot sun emptied, and blistered and dried; Log in the plume-grass, hidden and lone; Bund where the earth-rat’s mounds are strown; Cave in the bank where the sly stream steals; Aloe that stabs at the belly and heels, Jump if you ...

Barrack-Room Ballads By Rudyard Kipling

Barrack-Room Ballads By Rudyard Kipling

Barrack-Room Ballads When ‘Omer smote ‘is bloomin’ lyre, He’d ‘eard men sing by land an’ sea; An’ what he thought ‘e might require, ‘E went an’ took — the same as me! The market-girls an’ fishermen, The shepherds an’ the s...

A Lover’s Journey By Rudyard Kipling

A Lover’s Journey By Rudyard Kipling

A Lover’s Journey When a lover hies abroad Looking for his love, Azrael smiling sheathes his sword, Heaven smiles above. Earth and sea His servants be, And to lesser compass round, That his love be sooner found! Hits: 1

Three Friends By Rudyard Kipling

Three Friends By Rudyard Kipling

Three Friends There were three friends that buried the fourth, The mould in his mouth and the dust in his eyes, And they went south and east and north— The strong man fights but the sick man dies. There were three friends that spoke of the dead— The strong man fights but the sick man dies— “An...

The Thousandth Man By Rudyard Kipling

The Thousandth Man By Rudyard Kipling

The Thousandth Man One man in a thousand, Solomon says, Will stick more close than a brother. And it’s worth while seeking him half your days If you find him before the other. Nine nundred and ninety-nine depend On what the world sees in you, But the Thousandth man will stand your friend With ...

The Roman Centurion’s Song By Rudyard Kipling

The Roman Centurion’s Song By Rudyard Kipling

The Roman Centurion’s Song Roman Occupation of Britain, A.D. 300 Legate, I had the news last night –my cohort ordered home By ships to Portus Itius and thence by road to Rome. I’ve marched the companies aboard, the arms are stowed below: Now let another take my sword. Command me no...

The Press By Rudyard Kipling

The Press By Rudyard Kipling

The Press The Soldier may forget his Sword, The Sailorman the Sea, The Mason may forget the Word And the Priest his Litany: The Maid may forget both jewel and gem, And the Bride her wedding-dress– But the Jew shall forget Jerusalem Ere we forget the Press! Who once hath stood through the loade...

The Mine-Sweepers By Rudyard Kipling

The Mine-Sweepers By Rudyard Kipling

The Mine-Sweepers Dawn off the Foreland — the young flood making Jumbled and short and steep — Black in the hollows and bright where it’s breaking — Awkward water to sweep. “Mines reported in the fairway, Warn all traffic and detain. Sent up Unity, Claribel, Assyrian, S...

The King’s Task By Rudyard Kipling

The King’s Task By Rudyard Kipling

The King’s Task After the sack of the City when Rome was sunk to a name, In the years that the lights were darkened, or ever St. Wilfrid came, Low on the borders of Britain (the ancient poets sing) Between the Cliff and the Forest there ruled a Saxon King. Stubborn all were his people from cot...

The Flight By Rudyard Kipling

The Flight By Rudyard Kipling

The Flight When the grey geese heard the Fool’s tread Too near to where they lay, They lifted neither voice nor head, But took themselves away. No water broke, no pinion whirred- There went no warning call. The steely, sheltering rushes stirred A little–that was all. Only the osiers unde...

The Dawn Wind By Rudyard Kipling

The Dawn Wind By Rudyard Kipling

The Dawn Wind The Fifteenth Century At two o’clock in the morning, if you open your window and listen, You will hear the feet of the Wind that is going to call the sun. And the trees in the shadow rustle, and the trees in the moonlight glisten, And though it is deep, dark night, you feel that ...

The Beginner By Rudyard Kipling

The Beginner By Rudyard Kipling

The Beginner After He Has Been Extemporising On an Instrument Not Of His Own Invention — Browning Lo! What is this that I make — sudden, supreme, unrehearsed — This that my clutch in the crowd pressed at a venture has raised? Forward and onward I sprang when I thought (as I ought) ...

Seven Watchmen By Rudyard Kipling

Seven Watchmen By Rudyard Kipling

Seven Watchmen 1918 Seven Watchmen sitting in a tower, Watching what had come upon mankind, Showed the Man the Glory and the Power, And bade him shape the Kingdom to his mind. “All things on Earth your will shall win you.” (‘Twas so their council ran) ” But the Kingdom–...

Pan In Vermont By Rudyard Kipling

Pan In Vermont By Rudyard Kipling

Pan In Vermont About the 15th of this month you may expectour Mr. — , with the usual Spring Seed, etc., Catalogues.– Florist’s Announcement. It’s forty in the shade to-day, the spouting eaves declare; The boulders nose above the drift, the southern slopes are bare; Hub-deep in slush Apollo’s c...

Mandalay By Rudyard Kipling

Mandalay By Rudyard Kipling

Mandalay By the old Moulmein Pagoda, lookin’ eastward to the sea, There’s a Burma girl a-settin’, and I know she thinks o’ me; For the wind is in the palm-trees, and the temple-bells they say: “Come you back, you British soldier; come you back to Mandalay!” Come y...

Hunting Song Of The Seeonee Pack By Rudyard Kipling

Hunting Song Of The Seeonee Pack By Rudyard Kipling

Hunting Song Of The Seeonee Pack As the dawn was breaking the Sambhur belled Once, twice, and again! And a doe leaped up — and a doe leaped up From the pond in the wood where the wild deer sup. This I, scouting alone, beheld, Once, twice, and again! As the dawn was breaking the Sambhur belled ...

Ford O’ Kabul River By Rudyard Kipling

Ford O’ Kabul River By Rudyard Kipling

Ford O’ Kabul River Kabul town’s by Kabul river — Blow the bugle, draw the sword — There I lef’ my mate for ever, Wet an’ drippin’ by the ford. Ford, ford, ford o’ Kabul river, Ford o’ Kabul river in the dark! There’s the river up and brimm...

Chant-Pagan By Rudyard Kipling

Chant-Pagan By Rudyard Kipling

Chant-Pagan ENGLISH IRREGULAR, DISCHARGED Me that ‘ave been what I’ve been — Me that ‘ave gone where I’ve gone — Me that ‘ave seen what I’ve seen — ‘Ow can I ever take on With awful old England again, An’ ‘ouses both sides of th...

Anchor Song By Rudyard Kipling

Anchor Song By Rudyard Kipling

Anchor Song Heh! Walk her round. Heave, ah heave her short again! Over, snatch her over, there, and hold her on the pawl. Loose all sail, and brace your yards back and full — Ready jib to pay her off and heave short all! Well, ah fare you well; we can stay no more with you, my love — Dow...

A Carol By Rudyard Kipling

A Carol By Rudyard Kipling

A Carol Our Lord Who did the Ox command To kneel to Judah’s King, He binds His frost upon the land To ripen it for Spring — To ripen it for Spring, good sirs, According to His Word. Which well must be as ye can see — And who shall judge the Lord? When we poor fenmen skate the ice O...

The Secret Of The Machinery By Rudyard Kipling

The Secret Of The Machinery By Rudyard Kipling

The Secret Of The Machinery Modern Machinery We were taken from the ore-bed and the mine, We were melted in the furnace and the pit– We were cast and wrought and hammered to design, We were cut and filed and tooled and gauged to fit. Some water, coal, and oil is all we ask, And a thousandth of...

The Song Of The Women By Rudyard Kipling

The Song Of The Women By Rudyard Kipling

The Song Of The Women How shall she know the worship we would do her? The walls are high, and she is very far. How shall the woman’s message reach unto her Above the tumult of the packed bazaar? Free wind of March, against the lattice blowing, Bear thou our thanks, lest she depart unknowing. G...

The Reeds Of Runnymede By Rudyard Kipling

The Reeds Of Runnymede By Rudyard Kipling

The Reeds Of Runnymede Magna Charta, June 15, 1215 At Runnymede, At Runnymede, What say the reeds at Runnymede? The lissom reeds that give and take, That bend so far, but never break, They keep the sleepy Thames awake With tales of John at Runnymede. At Runnymede, at Runnymede, Oh, hear the reeds at...

White Horses By Rudyard Kipling

White Horses By Rudyard Kipling

White Horses Where run your colts at pasture? Where hide your mares to breed? ‘Mid bergs about the Ice-cap Or wove Sargasso weed; By chartless reef and channel, Or crafty coastwise bars, But most the ocean-meadows All purple to the stars! Who holds the rein upon you? The latest gale let free. ...

The Peace Of Dives By Rudyard Kipling

The Peace Of Dives By Rudyard Kipling

The Peace Of Dives The Word came down to Dives in Torment where he lay: ‘Our World is full of wickedness, My Children maim and slay, ‘And the Saint and Seer and Prophet ‘Can make no better of it ‘Than to sanctify and prophesy and pray. ‘Rise up, rise up, thou Dives, and...

The Long Trail By Rudyard Kipling

The Long Trail By Rudyard Kipling

The Long Trail There’s a whisper down the field where the year has shot her yield, And the ricks stand grey to the sun, Singing: “Over then, come over, for the bee has quit the dover, “And your English summer’s done.” You have heard the beat of the off-shore wind, And t...

The Irish Guards By Rudyard Kipling

The Irish Guards By Rudyard Kipling

The Irish Guards 1918 We’re not so old in the Army List, But we’re not so young at our trade, For we had the honour at Fontenoy Of meeting the Guards’ Brigade. ‘Twas Lally, Dillon, Bulkeley, Clare, And Lee that led us then, And after a hundred and seventy years We’re fi...

The Explanation By Rudyard Kipling

The Explanation By Rudyard Kipling

The Explanation Love and Death once ceased their strife At the Tavern of Man’s Life. Called for wine, and threw — alas! — Each his quiver on the grass. When the bout was o’er they found Mingled arrows strewed the ground. Hastily they gathered then Each the loves and lives of ...

The Children By Rudyard Kipling

The Children By Rudyard Kipling

The Children These were our children who died for our lands: they were dear in our sight. We have only the memory left of their hometreasured sayings and laughter. The price of our loss shall be paid to our hands, not another’s hereafter. Neither the Alien nor Priest shall decide on it. That i...

The Ballad Of Bolivar By Rudyard Kipling

The Ballad Of Bolivar By Rudyard Kipling

The Ballad Of Bolivar Seven men from all the world, back to Docks again, Rolling down the Ratcliffe Road drunk and raising Cain: Give the girls another drink ‘fore we sign away — We that took the Bolivar out across the Bay! We put out from Sunderland loaded down with rails; We put back t...

Rimmon By Rudyard Kipling

Rimmon By Rudyard Kipling

Rimmon 1903 — After Boer War Duly with knees that feign to quake– Bent head and shaded brow,– Yet once again, for my father’s sake, In Rimmon’s House I bow. The curtains part, the trumpet blares, And the eunuchs howl aloud; And the gilt, swag-bellied idol glares Insolen...

Neighbours By Rudyard Kipling

Neighbours By Rudyard Kipling

Neighbours The man that is open of heart to his neighbour, And stops to consider his likes and dislikes, His blood shall be wholesome whatever his labour, His luck shall be with him whatever he strikes. The Splendour of Morning shall duly possess him, That he may not be sad at the falling of eve. An...

Late Came The God By Rudyard Kipling

Late Came The God By Rudyard Kipling

Late Came The God Late came the God, having sent his forerunners who were not regarded– Late, but in wrath; Saying: “The wrong shall be paid, the contempt be rewarded On all that she hath.” He poisoned the blade and struck home, the full bosom receiving The wound and the venom in o...

Half-Ballad Of Waterval By Rudyard Kipling

Half-Ballad Of Waterval By Rudyard Kipling

Half-Ballad Of Waterval (Non-commissioned Officers in Charge of Prisoners) When by the labor of my ‘ands I’ve ‘elped to pack a transport tight With prisoners for foreign lands, I ain’t transported with delight. I know it’s only just an’ right, But yet it somehow s...

Doctors By Rudyard Kipling

Doctors By Rudyard Kipling

Doctors Man dies too soon, beside his works half-planned. His days are counted and reprieve is vain: Who shall entreat with Death to stay his hand; Or cloke the shameful nakedness of pain? Send here the bold, the seekers of the way– The passionless, the unshakeable of soul, Who serve the inmos...

Brookland Road By Rudyard Kipling

Brookland Road By Rudyard Kipling

Brookland Road I was very well pleased with what I knowed, I reckoned myself no fool — Till I met with a maid on the Brookland Road, That turned me back to school. Low down-low down! Where the liddle green lanterns shine — O maids, I’ve done with ‘ee all but one, And she can ...

A Smuggler’s Song By Rudyard Kipling

A Smuggler’s Song By Rudyard Kipling

A Smuggler’s Song If you wake at midnight, and hear a horse’s feet, Don’t go drawing back the blind, or looking in the street. Them that ask no questions isn’t told a lie. Watch the wall, my darling, while the Gentlemen go by! Five and twenty ponies, Trotting through the dark...

The Winners By Rudyard Kipling

The Winners By Rudyard Kipling

The Winners (“The Story of the Gadsbys”) What the moral? Who rides may read. When the night is thick and the tracks are blind A friend at a pinch is a friend, indeed, But a fool to wait for the laggard behind. Down to Gehenna or up to the Throne, He travels the fastest who travels alone....

To The Unknown Goddess By Rudyard Kipling

To The Unknown Goddess By Rudyard Kipling

To The Unknown Goddess Will you conquer my heart with your beauty; my sould going out from afar? Shall I fall to your hand as a victim of crafty and cautions shikar? Have I met you and passed you already, unknowing, unthinking and blind? Shall I meet you next session at Simla, O sweetest and best of...

Untitled [you Mustn’T Swim Till You’Re Six Weeks Old] By Rudyard Kipling

Untitled [you Mustn’T Swim Till You’Re Six Weeks Old] By Rudyard Kipling

Untitled [you Mustn’T Swim Till You’Re Six Weeks Old] You mustn’t swim till you’re six weeks old, Or your head will be sunk by your heels; And summer gales and Killer Whales Are bad for baby seals. Are bad for baby seals, dear rat, As bad as bad can be. But splash and grow st...

The Wage-Slaves By Rudyard Kipling

The Wage-Slaves By Rudyard Kipling

The Wage-Slaves Oh, glorious are the guarded heights Where guardian souls abide– Self-exiled from our gross delights– Above, beyond, outside: An ampler arc their spirit swings– Commands a juster view– We have their word for all these things, No doubt their words are true. Yet...

The New Knighthood By Rudyard Kipling

The New Knighthood By Rudyard Kipling

The New Knighthood Who gives him the Bath? “I,” said the wet, Rank-Jungle-sweat, “I’ll give him the Bath!” Who’ll sing the psalms? “We,” said the Palms. “Ere the hot wind becalms, “We’ll sing the psalms.” Who lays on the sword ?...

The Last Of The Light Brigade By Rudyard Kipling

The Last Of The Light Brigade By Rudyard Kipling

The Last Of The Light Brigade There were thirty million English who talked of England’s might, There were twenty broken troopers who lacked a bed for the night. They had neither food nor money, they had neither service nor trade; They were only shiftless soldiers, the last of the Light Brigade...

The Greek National Anthem By Rudyard Kipling

The Greek National Anthem By Rudyard Kipling

The Greek National Anthem We knew thee of old, Oh divinely restored, By the light of thine eyes And the light of thy Sword. From the graves of our slain Shall thy valour prevail As we greet thee again — Hail, Liberty! Hail! Long time didst thou dwell Mid the peoples that mourn, Awaiting some v...

The Destroyers By Rudyard Kipling

The Destroyers By Rudyard Kipling

The Destroyers 1898 The strength of twice three thousand horse That seeks the single goal; The line that holds the rending course, The hate that swings the whole; The stripped hulls, slinking through the gloom, At gaze and gone again — The Brides of Death that wait the groom — The Choose...

The Birthright By Rudyard Kipling

The Birthright By Rudyard Kipling

The Birthright The miracle of our land’s speech–so known And long received, none marvel when ’tis shown! We have such wealth as Rome at her most pride Had not or (having) scattered not so wide; Nor with such arrant prodigality, Beneath her any pagan’s foot let lie… Lo! ...