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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Outsong In The Jungle By Rudyard Kipling

Outsong In The Jungle Baloo For the sake of him who showed One wise Frog the Jungle-Road, Keep the Law the Man-Pack make For thy…

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Lord Roberts By Rudyard Kipling

Lord Roberts 1914 He passed in the very battle-smoke Of the war that he had descried. Three hundred mile of cannon spoke When the Master-Gunner…

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How The Camel Got His Hump By Rudyard Kipling

How The Camel Got His Hump The Camel’s hump is an ugly lump Which well you may see at the Zoo; But uglier yet is…

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Fastness By Rudyard Kipling

Fastness Tennison This is the end whereto men toiled Before thy coachman guessed his fate,– How thou shouldst leave thy, ‘scutcheoned gate On that new…

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Certain Maxims Of Hafiz By Rudyard Kipling

Certain Maxims Of Hafiz I. If It be pleasant to look on, stalled in the packed serai, Does not the Young Man try Its temper…

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A Ripple Song By Rudyard Kipling

A Ripple Song Once red ripple came to land In the golden sunset burning– Lapped against a maiden’s hand, By the ford returning. Dainty foot…

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The White Seal By Rudyard Kipling

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

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To T. A. By Rudyard Kipling

To T. A. 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 Return By Rudyard Kipling

The Return Peace is declared, and I return To ‘Ackneystadt, but not the same; Things ‘ave transpired which made me learn The size and meanin’…

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Yet At The Last By Rudyard Kipling

Yet At The Last Yet at the last, ere our spearmen had found him, Yet at the last, ere a sword-thrust could save, Yet at…

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The Outlaws By Rudyard Kipling

The Outlaws 1914 Through learned and laborious years They set themselves to find Fresh terrors and undreamed-of fears To heap upon mankind. ALl that they…

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The Light That Failed By Rudyard Kipling

The Light That Failed So we settled it all when the storm was done As comfy as comfy could be; And I was to wait…

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The Hymn To Physical Pain By Rudyard Kipling

The Hymn To Physical Pain Dread Mother of Forgetfulness Who, when Thy reign begins, Wipest away the Soul’s distress, And memory of her sins. The…

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The English Way By Rudyard Kipling

The English Way After the fight at Otterburn, Before the ravens came, The Witch-wife rode across the fern And spoke Earl Percy’s name. ‘Stand up-stand…

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The Centaurs By Rudyard Kipling

The Centaurs Up came the young Centaur-colts from the plains they were fathered in– Curious, awkward, afraid. Burrs on their hocks and their tails, they…

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The Anvil By Rudyard Kipling

The Anvil England’s on the anvil–hear the hammers ring– Clanging from the Severn to the Tyne! Never was a blacksmith like our Norman King– England’s…

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Ride To Kandahar By Rudyard Kipling

Ride To Kandahar Then we brought the lances down–then the trumpets blew– When we went to Kandahar, ridin’ two an’ two. Ridin’–ridin’–ridin’ two an’ two!…

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My New-Cut Ashlar By Rudyard Kipling

My New-Cut Ashlar My New-Cut ashlar takes the light Where crimson-blank the windows flare. By my own work before the night, Great Overseer, I make…

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Kitchener’s School By Rudyard Kipling

Kitchener’s School Being a translation of the song that was made by a Mohammedan schoolmaster of Bengal Infantry (some time on service at Suakim) when…

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Gunga Din By Rudyard Kipling

Gunga Din You may talk o’ gin and beer When you’re quartered safe out ‘ere, An’ you’re sent to penny-fights an’ Aldershot it; But when…

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Dinah In Heaven By Rudyard Kipling

Dinah In Heaven She did not know that she was dead, But, when the pang was o’er, Sat down to wait her Master’s tread Upon…

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Birds Of Prey March By Rudyard Kipling

Birds Of Prey March March! The mud is cakin’ good about our trousies. Front! — eyes front, an’ watch the Colour-casin’s drip. Front! The faces…

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A Departure By Rudyard Kipling

A Departure Since first the White Horse Banner blew free, By Hengist’s horde unfurled, Nothing has changed on land or sea Of the things that…

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The Sing-Song Of Old Man Kangaroo By Rudyard Kipling

The Sing-Song Of Old Man Kangaroo This is the mouth-filling song of the race that was run by a Boomer. Run in a single burst–only…

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The Story Of Uriah By Rudyard Kipling

The Story Of Uriah Jack Barrett went to Quetta Because they told him to. He left his wife at Simla On three-fourths his monthly screw….

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We And They By Rudyard Kipling

We And They Father and Mother, and Me, Sister and Auntie say All the people like us are We, And every one else is They….

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The Second Voyage By Rudyard Kipling

The Second Voyage We’ve sent our little Cupids all ashore – They were frightened, they were tired, they were cold: Our sails of silk and…

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The Native Born By Rudyard Kipling

The Native Born 1894 We’ve drunk to the Queen — God bless her! — We’ve drunk to our mothers’ land; We’ve drunk to our English…

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The Last Lap By Rudyard Kipling

The Last Lap How do we know, by the bank-high river, Where the mired and sulky oxen wait, And it looks as though we might…

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The Glory Of The Garden By Rudyard Kipling

The Glory Of The Garden Our England is a garden that is full of stately views, Of borders, beds and shrubberies and lawns and avenues,…

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The Deep-Sea Cables By Rudyard Kipling

The Deep-Sea Cables The wrecks dissolve above us; their dust drops down from afar — Down to the dark, to the utter dark, where the…

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The Betrothed By Rudyard Kipling

The Betrothed “You must choose between me and your cigar.” — BREACH OF PROMISE CASE, CIRCA 1885. Open the old cigar-box, get me a Cuba…

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Song Of The Fifth River By Rudyard Kipling

Song Of The Fifth River Where first by Eden Tree The Four Great Rivers ran, To each was appointed a Man Her Prince and Ruler…

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Poseidon’s Law By Rudyard Kipling

Poseidon’s Law When the robust and Brass-bound Man commissioned first for sea His fragile raft, Poseidon laughed, and “Mariner,” said he, “Behold, a Law immutable…

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Merrow Down By Rudyard Kipling

Merrow Down I There runs a road by Merrow Down– A grassy track to-day it is– An hour out Guildford town, Above the river Wey…

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In Error By Rudyard Kipling

In Error They burnt a corpse upon the sand– The light shone out afar; It guided home the plunging dhows That beat from Zanzibar. Spirit…

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Fuzzy-Wuzzy By Rudyard Kipling

Fuzzy-Wuzzy (Soudan Expeditionary Force) We’ve fought with many men acrost the seas, An’ some of ’em was brave an’ some was not: The Paythan an’…

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Contradictions By Rudyard Kipling

Contradictions Longfellow The drowsy carrier sways To the drowsy horses’ tramp. His axles winnow the sprays Of the hedge where the rabbit plays In the…

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Back To The Army Again By Rudyard Kipling

Back To The Army Again I’m ‘ere in a ticky ulster an’ a broken billycock ‘at, A-layin’ on the sergeant I don’t know a gun…

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An American By Rudyard Kipling

An American The American Spirit speaks: “If the Led Striker call it a strike, Or the papers call it a war, They know not much…

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A Bank Fraud By Rudyard Kipling

A Bank Fraud He drank strong waters and his speech was coarse; He purchased raiment and forbore to pay’; He stuck a trusting junior with…

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Tiger–Tiger! By Rudyard Kipling

Tiger–Tiger! What of the hunting, hunter bold? Brother, the watch was long and cold. What of the quarry ye went to kill? Brother, he crops…

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Toomai Of The Elephants By Rudyard Kipling

Toomai Of The Elephants I will remember what I was. I am sick of rope and chain– I will remember my old strength and all…

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The Verdicts By Rudyard Kipling

The Verdicts Not in the thick of the fight, Not in the press of the odds, Do the heroes come to their height, Or we…

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The Power Of The Dog By Rudyard Kipling

The Power Of The Dog There is sorrow enough in the natural way From men and women to fill our day; And when we are…

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The Masque Of Plenty By Rudyard Kipling

The Masque Of Plenty Argument. — The Indian Government being minded to discover the economic condition of their lands, sent a Committee to inquire into…

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The King And The Sea By Rudyard Kipling

The King And The Sea After His Realms and States were moved To bare their hearts to the King they loved, Tendering themselves in homage…

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The Female Of The Species By Rudyard Kipling

The Female Of The Species When the Himalayan peasant meets the he-bear in his pride, He shouts to scare the monster who will often turn…

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The Coiner By Rudyard Kipling

The Coiner To be sung by the unlearned to the tune of “King John and the Abbot of Canterbury,” and by the learned to “Tempest-a-brewing.”…

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The Ballad Of The Red Earl By Rudyard Kipling

The Ballad Of The Red Earl It is not for them to criticize too minutely the methods the Irish followed, though they might deplore some…

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Sappers By Rudyard Kipling

Sappers When the Waters were dried an’ the Earth did appear, (“It’s all one,” says the Sapper), The Lord He created the Engineer, Her Majesty’s…

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Our Fathers Of Old By Rudyard Kipling

Our Fathers Of Old Excellent herbs had our fathers of old– Excellent herbs to ease their pain– Alexanders and Marigold, Eyebright, Orris, and Elecampane– Basil,…

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London Stone By Rudyard Kipling

London Stone WHEN you come to London Town, (Grieving-grieving!) Bring your flowers and lay them down At the place of grieving. When you come to…

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How It All Began By Rudyard Kipling

How It All Began So we settled it all when the storm was done As comfy as comfy could be; And I was to wait…

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Evil Land By Rudyard Kipling

Evil Land We meet in an evil land That is near to the gates of hell. I wait for thy command To serve, to speed…

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Carmen Circulare By Rudyard Kipling

Carmen Circulare Q. H. Flaccus Dellius, that car which, night and day, Lightnings and thunders arm and scourge– Tumultuous down the Appian Way– Be slow…

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A Rector’s Memory By Rudyard Kipling

A Rector’s Memory St. Andrews, 1923 The, Gods that are wiser than Learning But kinder than Life have made sure No mortal may boast in…

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The Sergeant’s Weddin’ By Rudyard Kipling

The Sergeant’s Weddin’ ‘E was warned agin’ ‘er — That’s what made ‘im look; She was warned agin’ ‘im — That is why she took….

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