The Question By Rudyard Kipling

The Question 1916 Brethren, how shall it fare with me When the war is laid aside, If it be proven that I am he For…

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When Earth’s Last Picture Is Painted By Rudyard Kipling

When Earth’s Last Picture Is Painted When Earth’s last picture is painted And the tubes are twisted and dried When the oldest colors have faded…

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The Prayer By Rudyard Kipling

The Prayer My brother kneels, so saith Kabir, To stone and brass in heathen wise, But in my brother’s voice I hear My own unanswered…

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The Master-Cook By Rudyard Kipling

The Master-Cook With us there rade a Maister-Cook that came From the Rochelle which is neere Angouleme. Littel hee was, but rounder than a topp,…

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The King’s Pilgrimage By Rudyard Kipling

The King’s Pilgrimage Our King went forth on pilgrimage His prayers and vows to pay To them that saved our heritage And cast their own…

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The Fires By Rudyard Kipling

The Fires Men make them fires on the hearth Each under his roof-tree, And the Four Winds that rule the earth They blow the smoke…

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The Consolations Of Memory By Rudyard Kipling

The Consolations Of Memory Circa 1904 — Done out of Boethius by Geoffrey Chaucer Blessed was our first age and morning-time. Then were no waies…

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The Bee-Boy’s Song By Rudyard Kipling

The Bee-Boy’s Song Bees! Bees! Hark to your bees! “Hide from your neigbours as much as you please, But all that has happened, to us…

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Sea-Wife By Rudyard Kipling

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 them…

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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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Lukannon By Rudyard Kipling

Lukannon I met my mates in the morning (and oh, but I am old!) Where roaring on the ledges the summer ground-swell rolled; I heard…

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How The Leopard Got His Spots By Rudyard Kipling

How The Leopard Got His Spots I am the Most Wise Baviaan, saying in Most wise tones, “Let us melt into the landscape — just…

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Farewell And Adieu…. By Rudyard Kipling

Farewell And Adieu…. Farewell and adieu to you, Harwich Ladies, Farewell and adieu to you, ladies ashore! For we’ve received orders to work to the…

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Cells By Rudyard Kipling

Cells I’ve a head like a concertina: I’ve a tongue like a button-stick: I’ve a mouth like an old potato, and I’m more than a…

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An Imperial Rescript By Rudyard Kipling

An Imperial Rescript Now this is the tale of the Council the German Kaiser decreed, To ease the strong of their burden, to help the…

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A Charm By Rudyard Kipling

A Charm Take of English earth as much As either hand may rightly clutch. In the taking of it breathe Prayer for all who lie…

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The Secret Of The Machines By Rudyard Kipling

The Secret Of The Machines 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 Songs Of The Lathes By Rudyard Kipling

The Songs Of The Lathes The fans and the beltings they roar round me. The power is shaking the floor round me Till the lathes…

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Two Months By Rudyard Kipling

Two Months June No hope, no change! The clouds have shut us in, And through the cloud the sullen Sun strikes down Full on the…

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The Virginity By Rudyard Kipling

The Virginity Try as he will, no man breaks wholly loose From his first love, no matter who she be. Oh, was there ever sailor…

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The Palace By Rudyard Kipling

The Palace 1902 When I was a King and a Mason – a Master proven and skilled – I cleared me ground for a Palace…

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The Liner She’s A Lady By Rudyard Kipling

The Liner She’s A Lady The Liner she’s a lady, an’ she never looks nor ‘eeds — The Man-o’-War’s ‘er ‘usband, an’ ‘e gives ‘er…

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The Instructor By Rudyard Kipling

The Instructor (Non-commissioned Officers of the Line) At times when under cover I ‘ave said, To keep my spirits up an’ raise a laugh, ‘Earin…

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The Expert By Rudyard Kipling

The Expert Youth that trafficked long with Death, And to second life returns, Squanders little time or breath On his fellow–man’s concerns. Earned peace is…

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The Captive By Rudyard Kipling

The Captive Not with an outcry to Allah nor any complaining He answered his name at the muster and stood to the chaining. When the…

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The Ballad Of Ahmed Shah By Rudyard Kipling

The Ballad Of Ahmed Shah This is the ballad of Ahmed Shah Dealer in tats in the Sudder Bazar, By the gate that leads to…

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Rikki-Tikki-Tavi By Rudyard Kipling

Rikki-Tikki-Tavi At the hole where he went in Red-Eye called to Wrinkle-Skin. Hear what little Red-Eye saith: “Nag, come up and dance with death! ”…

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My Rival By Rudyard Kipling

My Rival I go to concert, party, ball — What profit is in these? I sit alone against the wall And strive to look at…

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La Nuit Blanche By Rudyard Kipling

La Nuit Blanche A much-discerning Public hold The Singer generally sings And prints and sells his past for gold. Whatever I may here disclaim, The…

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Gypsy Vans By Rudyard Kipling

Gypsy Vans Unless you come of the gipsy stock That steals by night and day, Lock your heart with a double lock And throw the…

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Dirge Of The Dead Sisters By Rudyard Kipling

Dirge Of The Dead Sisters Who recalls the twilight and the ranged tents in order (Violet peaks uplifted through the crystal evening air?) And the…

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Bridge-Guard In The Karroo By Rudyard Kipling

Bridge-Guard In The Karroo “. . . and will supply details to guard the Blood River Bridge.” District Orders-Lines of Communication, South African War. Sudden…

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A Servant When He Reigneth By Rudyard Kipling

A Servant When He Reigneth Three things make earth unquiet And four she cannot brook The godly Agur counted them And put them in a…

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The Young British Soldier By Rudyard Kipling

The Young British Soldier When the ‘arf-made recruity goes out to the East ‘E acts like a babe an’ ‘e drinks like a beast, An’…

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To Thomas Atkins By Rudyard Kipling

To Thomas Atkins I have made for you a song, And it may be right or wrong, But only you can tell me if it’s…

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The Ubique By Rudyard Kipling

The Ubique There is a word you often see, pronounce it as you may – ‘You bike,’ ‘you bikwe,’ ‘ubbikwe’ – alludin’ to R.A. It…

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The Way Through The Woods By Rudyard Kipling

The Way Through The Woods They shut the road through the woods Seventy years ago. Weather and rain have undone it again, And now you…

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The Naulahka By Rudyard Kipling

The Naulahka There was a strife ‘twixt man and maid– Oh, that was at the birth of time! But what befell ‘twixt man and maid,…

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The Last Ode By Rudyard Kipling

The Last Ode Nov. 27, 8 B.C. Horace, BK. V. Ode 31 As watchers couched beneath a Bantine oak, Hearing the dawn-wind stir, Know that…

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The Gods Of The Copybook Headings By Rudyard Kipling

The Gods Of The Copybook Headings As I pass through my incarnations in every age and race, I make my proper prostrations to the Gods…

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The Declaration Of London By Rudyard Kipling

The Declaration Of London On the reassembling of Parliament after the Coronation, the Government have no intention of allowing their followers to vote according to…

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The Bother By Rudyard Kipling

The Bother Clough Hastily Adam our driver swallowed a curse in the darkness– Petrol nigh at end and something wrong with a sprocket Made him…

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Song Of The Galley Slaves By Rudyard Kipling

Song Of The Galley Slaves We pulled for you when the wind was against us and the sails were low. Will you never let us…

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Possibilities By Rudyard Kipling

Possibilities Ay, lay him ‘neath the Simla pine — A fortnight fully to be missed, Behold, we lose our fourth at whist, A chair is…

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Mesopotamia By Rudyard Kipling

Mesopotamia 1917 They shall not return to us, the resolute, the young, The eager and whole-hearted whom we gave: But the men who left them…

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In The House Of Suddhoo By Rudyard Kipling

In The House Of Suddhoo A stone’s throw out on either hand From that well-ordered road we tread, And all the world is wild and…

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Gallio’s Song By Rudyard Kipling

Gallio’s Song And Gallio cared for none of these things. — Acts xviii. 17 All day long to the judgment-seat The crazed Provincials drew– All…

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Cruisers By Rudyard Kipling

Cruisers 1899 As our mother the Frigate, bepainted and fine, Made play for her bully the Ship of the Line; So we, her bold daughters…

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Azrael’s Count By Rudyard Kipling

Azrael’s Count Lo! The Wild Cow of the Desert, her yeanling estrayed from her — Lost in the wind-plaited sand-dunes — athirst in the maze…

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A Legend Of Truth By Rudyard Kipling

A Legend Of Truth Once on a time, the ancient legends tell, Truth, rising from the bottom of her well, Looked on the world, but,…

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The Song Of The English By Rudyard Kipling

The Song Of The English Fair is our lot — O goodly is our heritage! (Humble ye, my people, and be fearful in your mirth!)…

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The Thorkild’s Song By Rudyard Kipling

The Thorkild’s Song There’s no wind along these seas, Out oars for Stavenger! Forward all for Stavenger! So we must wake the white-ash breeze, Let…

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The Rout Of The White Hussars By Rudyard Kipling

The Rout Of The White Hussars It was not in the open fight We threw away the sword, But in the lonely watching In the…

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The Prairie By Rudyard Kipling

The Prairie I see the grass shake in the sun for leagues on either hand, I see a river loop and run about a treeless…

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The Men That Fought At Minden By Rudyard Kipling

The Men That Fought At Minden A Song of Instruction The men that fought at Minden, they was rookies in their time — So was…

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The Kingdom By Rudyard Kipling

The Kingdom Now we are come to our Kingdom, And the State is thus and thus; Our legions wait at the Palace gate— Little it…

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The First Chantey By Rudyard Kipling

The First Chantey Mine was the woman to me, darkling I found her; Haling her dumb from the camp, took her and bound her. Hot…

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The Comforters By Rudyard Kipling

The Comforters Until thy feet have trod the Road Advise not wayside folk, Nor till thy back has borne the Load Break in upon the…

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The Ballad Of The; Clampherdown By Rudyard Kipling

The Ballad Of The; Clampherdown It was our war-ship Clampherdown Would sweep the Channel clean, Wherefore she kept her hatches close When the merry Channel…

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Seal Lullaby By Rudyard Kipling

Seal Lullaby Oh! hush thee, my baby, the night is behind us, And black are the waters that sparkled so green. The moon, o’er the…

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