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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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;…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 —…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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:…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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–…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Sussex By Rudyard Kipling

Sussex GOD gave all men all earth to love, But since our hearts are small, Ordained for each one spot should prove Belovèd over all;…

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Prophets At Home By Rudyard Kipling

Prophets At Home Prophets have honour all over the Earth, Except in the village where they were born, Where such as knew them boys from…

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Mother O’ Mine By Rudyard Kipling

Mother O’ Mine If I were hanged on the highest hill, Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine! I know whose love would follow me…

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In The Matter Of One Compass By Rudyard Kipling

In The Matter Of One Compass When, foot to wheel and back to wind, The helmsman dare not look behind, But hears beyond his compass-light,…

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Gehazi By Rudyard Kipling

Gehazi 1915 Whence comest thou, Gehazi, So reverend to behold, In scarlet and in ermines And chain of England’s gold?” “From following after Naaman To…

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