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…

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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…

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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…

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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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Pagett, M.P. By Rudyard Kipling

Pagett, M.P. The toad beneath the harrow knows Exactly where eath tooth-point goes. The butterfly upon the road Preaches contentment to that toad. Pagett, M.P.,…

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Macdonough’s Song By Rudyard Kipling

Macdonough’s Song Whether the State can loose and bind In Heaven as well as on Earth: If it be wiser to kill mankind Before or…

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How The Whale Got His Throat By Rudyard Kipling

How The Whale Got His Throat When the cabin port-holes are dark and green Because of the seas outside When the ship goes wop (with…

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Follow Me ‘Ome By Rudyard Kipling

Follow Me ‘Ome There was no one like ‘im, ‘Orse or Foot, Nor any o’ the Guns I knew; An’ because it was so, why,…

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Cholera Camp By Rudyard Kipling

Cholera Camp We’ve got the cholerer in camp — it’s worse than forty fights; We’re dyin’ in the wilderness the same as Isrulites; It’s before…

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An Old Song By Rudyard Kipling

An Old Song So long as ‘neath the Kalka hills The tonga-horn shall ring, So long as down the Solon dip The hard-held ponies swing,…

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A British-Roman Song By Rudyard Kipling

A British-Roman Song (A. D. 406) “A Centurion of the Thirtieth” My father’s father saw it not, And I, belike, shall never come To look…

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The Song Of The Dead By Rudyard Kipling

The Song Of The Dead Hear now the Song of the Dead — in the North by the torn berg-edges — They that look still…

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Tommy By Rudyard Kipling

Tommy I went into a public-‘ouse to get a pint o’ beer, The publican ‘e up an’ sez, “We serve no red-coats here.” The girls…

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The Vampire By Rudyard Kipling

The Vampire A fool there was and he made his prayer (Even as you and I!) To a rag and a bone and a hank…

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The Prayer Of Miriam Cohen By Rudyard Kipling

The Prayer Of Miriam Cohen From the wheel and the drift of Things Deliver us, Good Lord, And we will face the wrath of Kings,…

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The Merchantmen By Rudyard Kipling

The Merchantmen King Solomon drew merchantmen, Because of his desire For peacocks, apes, and ivory, From Tarshish unto Tyre: With cedars out of Lebanon Which…

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The King’s Job By Rudyard Kipling

The King’s Job The Tudor Monarchy Once on a time was a King anxious to understand What was the wisest thing a man could do…

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The Flowers By Rudyard Kipling

The Flowers To our private taste, there is always something a little exotic, almost artificial, in songs which, under an English aspect and dress, are…

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The Conversion Of Aurelian Mcgoggin By Rudyard Kipling

The Conversion Of Aurelian Mcgoggin Ride with an idle whip, ride with an unused heel, But, once in a way, there will come a day…

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The Bees And Flies By Rudyard Kipling

The Bees And Flies A Farmer of the Augustan Age Perused in Virgil’s golden page The story of the secret won From Proteus by Cyrene’s…

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Sestina Of The Tramp-Royal By Rudyard Kipling

Sestina Of The Tramp-Royal Speakin’ in general, I ‘ave tried ’em all, The ‘appy roads that take you o’er the world. Speakin’ in general, I…

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Natural Theology By Rudyard Kipling

Natural Theology Primitive I ate my fill of a whale that died And stranded after a month at sea. . . . There is a…

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Lady Geraldine’s Hardship By Rudyard Kipling

Lady Geraldine’s Hardship E.B. Browning I turned — Heaven knows we women turn too much To broken reeds, mistaken so for pine That shame forbids…

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Hadramauti By Rudyard Kipling

Hadramauti Who knows the heart of the Christian? How does he reason? What are his measures and balances? Which is his season For laughter, forbearance…

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Divided Destinies By Rudyard Kipling

Divided Destinies It was an artless Bandar, and he danced upon a pine, And much I wondered how he lived, and where the beast might…

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Boots By Rudyard Kipling

Boots INFANTRY COLUMNS We’re foot–slog–slog–slog–sloggin’ over Africa — Foot–foot–foot–foot–sloggin’ over Africa — (Boots–boots–boots–boots–movin’ up an’ down again!) There’s no discharge in the war! Seven–six–eleven–five–nine-an’-tw enty…

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A School Song By Rudyard Kipling

A School Song Prelude to “Stalky & Co.” “Let us now praise famous men”– Men of little showing– For their work continueth, And their work…

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The White Man’s Burden By Rudyard Kipling

The White Man’s Burden Take up the White man’s burden — Send forth the best ye breed — Go bind your sons to exile To…

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To Motorists By Rudyard Kipling

To Motorists Since ye distemper and defile Sweet Here by the measured mile, Nor aught on jocund highways heed Except the evidence of speed; And…

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The Tour By Rudyard Kipling

The Tour Thirteen as twelve my Murray always took– He was a publisher. The new Police Have neater ways of bringing men to book, So…

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The Runes Of Weland’s Sword By Rudyard Kipling

The Runes Of Weland’s Sword 1906 A smith makes me To betray my Man In my first fight. To gather Gold At the world’s end…

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The Parting of the Column By Rudyard Kipling

The Parting of the Column We’ve rode and fought and ate and drunk as rations come to hand, Together for a year and more around…

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The Lost Legion By Rudyard Kipling

The Lost Legion There’s a Legion that never was ‘listed, That carries no colours or crest, But, split in a thousand detachments, Is breaking the…

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The Inventor By Rudyard Kipling

The Inventor R. W. Emerson Time and Space decreed his lot, But little Man was quick to note: When Time and Space said Man might…

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The Exiles’ Line By Rudyard Kipling

The Exiles’ Line Now the new year reviving old desires, The restless soul to open sea aspires, Where the Blue Peter flickers from the fore,…

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The Changelings By Rudyard Kipling

The Changelings R.N.V.R, Sea Constables Or ever the battered liners sank With their passengers to the dark I was head of a Walworth Bank, And…

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The Ballad Of Boh Da Thone By Rudyard Kipling

The Ballad Of Boh Da Thone This is the ballad of Boh Da Thone, Erst a Pretender to Theebaw’s throne, Who harried the district of…

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Rimini By Rudyard Kipling

Rimini Marching Song of a Roman Legion of the Later Empire When I left Rome for Lalage’s sake, By the Legions’ Road to Rimini, She…

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Prelude By Rudyard Kipling

Prelude I have eaten your bread and salt. I have drunk your water and wine. In deaths ye died I have watched beside, And the…

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Mine-Sweepers By Rudyard Kipling

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…

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In Springtime By Rudyard Kipling

In Springtime My garden blazes brightly with the rose-bush and the peach, And the koil sings above it, in the siris by the well, From…

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Giffen’s Debt By Rudyard Kipling

Giffen’s Debt Imprimis he was “broke.” Thereafter left His Regiment and, later, took to drink; Then, having lost the balance of his friends, “Went Fantee”…

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Cuckoo Song By Rudyard Kipling

Cuckoo Song (Spring begins in southern England on the 14th April, on which date the Old Woman lets the Cuckoo out of her basket at…

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Ballad Of Fisher’s Boarding-House By Rudyard Kipling

Ballad Of Fisher’s Boarding-House ‘T was Fultah Fisher’s boarding-house, Where sailor-men reside, And there were men of all the ports From Mississip to Clyde, And…

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A General Summary By Rudyard Kipling

A General Summary We are very slightly changed From the semi-apes who ranged India’s Prehistoric clay; He that drew the longest bow Ran his brother…

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The Shut-Eye Sentry By Rudyard Kipling

The Shut-Eye Sentry Sez the Junior Orderly Sergeant To the Senior Orderly Man: “Our Orderly Orf’cer’s hokee-mut, You ‘elp ‘im all you can. For the…

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The Story Of Ung By Rudyard Kipling

The Story Of Ung Once, on a glittering ice-field, ages and ages ago, Ung, a maker of pictures, fashioned an image of snow. Fashioned the…

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The Rhyme Of The Three Captains By Rudyard Kipling

The Rhyme Of The Three Captains . . . At the close of a winter day, Their anchors down, by London town, the Three Great…

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The Sea-Wife By Rudyard Kipling

The Sea-Wife There dwells a wife by the Northern Gate, And a wealthy wife is she; She breeds a breed o’ rovin’ men And casts…

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The Necessitarian By Rudyard Kipling

The Necessitarian I know not in Whose hands are laid To empty upon earth From unsuspected ambuscade The very Urns of Mirth; Who bids the…

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The Last Rhyme Of True Thomas By Rudyard Kipling

The Last Rhyme Of True Thomas The King has called for priest and cup, The King has taken spur and blade To dub True Thomas…

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The Grave Of The Hundred Heads By Rudyard Kipling

The Grave Of The Hundred Heads There’s a widow in sleepy Chester Who weeps for her only son; There’s a grave on the Pabeng River,…

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The Disciple By Rudyard Kipling

The Disciple He that hath a Gospel To loose upon Mankind, Though he serve it utterly– Body, soul and mind– Though he go to Calvary…

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The Boy Scouts’ Patrol Song By Rudyard Kipling

The Boy Scouts’ Patrol Song 1913 These are our regulations — There’s just one law for the Scout And the first and the last, and…

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Song Of The Red War-Boat By Rudyard Kipling

Song Of The Red War-Boat Shove off from the wharf-edge! Steady! Watch for a smooth! Give way! If she feels the lop already She’ll stand…

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Our Lady Of The Sackcloth By Rudyard Kipling

Our Lady Of The Sackcloth There was a Priest at Philae, Tongue-tied, feeble, and old; And the daily prayer to the Virgin Was all the…

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