The Totem By Rudyard Kipling

The Totem Ere the mother’s milk had dried On my lips the Brethren came– Tore me from my nurse’s side, And bestowed on me a…

Read More..

The Rupaiyat Of Omar Kal’Vin By Rudyard Kipling

The Rupaiyat Of Omar Kal’Vin Allowing for the difference ‘twixt prose and rhymed exaggeration, this ought to reproduce the sense of what Sir A– told…

Read More..

The Overland Mail By Rudyard Kipling

The Overland Mail (Foot-Service to the Hills) In the name of the Empress of India, make way, O Lords of the Jungle, wherever you roam….

Read More..

The Lesson By Rudyard Kipling

The Lesson 1899-1902 — Boer War Let us admit it fairly, as a business people should, We have had no end of a lesson: it…

Read More..

The Idiot Boy By Rudyard Kipling

The Idiot Boy Wordsworth He wandered down the moutain grade Beyond the speed assigned– A youth whom Justice often stayed And generally fined. He went…

Read More..

The English Flag By Rudyard Kipling

The English Flag Above the portico a flag-staff, bearing the Union Jack, remained fluttering in the flames for some time, but ultimately when it fell…

Read More..

The Camels Hump By Rudyard Kipling

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

Read More..

The Appeal By Rudyard Kipling

The Appeal It I have given you delight By aught that I have done, Let me lie quiet in that night Which shall be yours…

Read More..

Red Dog By Rudyard Kipling

Red Dog For our white and our excellent nights–for the nights of swift running, Fair ranging, far seeing, good hunting, sure cunning! For the smells…

Read More..

My Lady’s Law By Rudyard Kipling

My Lady’s Law The Law whereby my lady moves Was never Law to me, But ’tis enough that she approves Whatever Law it be. For…

Read More..

Kim By Rudyard Kipling

Kim Unto whose use the pregnant suns are poised, With idiot moons and stars retracting stars? Creep thou between — thy coming’s all unnoised. Heaven…

Read More..

Great-Heart By Rudyard Kipling

Great-Heart Theodore Roosevelt The interpreter then called for a man-servant of his, one Great-Heart. — Bunyan’s’ Pilgrim’s Process Concerning brave Captains Our age hath made…

Read More..

Delilah By Rudyard Kipling

Delilah We have another viceroy now, — those days are dead and done Of Delilah Aberyswith and depraved Ulysses Gunne. Delilah Aberyswith was a lady…

Read More..

Blue Roses By Rudyard Kipling

Blue Roses Roses red and roses white Plucked I for my love’s delight. She would none of all my posies– Bade me gather her blue…

Read More..

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…

Read More..

The Wishing-Caps By Rudyard Kipling

The Wishing-Caps Life’s all getting and giving, I’ve only myself to give. What shall I do for a living? I’ve only one life to live….

Read More..

To Wolcott Balestier By Rudyard Kipling

To Wolcott Balestier Beyond the path of the outmost sun through utter darkness hurled — Further than ever comet flared or vagrant star-dust swirled —…

Read More..

The Rhyme Of The Three Sealers By Rudyard Kipling

The Rhyme Of The Three Sealers Away by the lands of the Japanee Where the paper lanterns glow And the crews of all the shipping…

Read More..

The Wet Litany By Rudyard Kipling

The Wet Litany When the waters’ countenance Blurs ‘twixt glance and second glance; When our tattered smokes forerun Ashen ‘neath a silvered sun; When the…

Read More..

The Mother’s Son By Rudyard Kipling

The Mother’s Son I have a dream — a dreadful dream — A dream that is never done. I watch a man go out of…

Read More..

The Last Department By Rudyard Kipling

The Last Department Twelve hundred million men are spread About this Earth, and I and You Wonder, when You and I are dead, “What will…

Read More..

The Gipsy Trail By Rudyard Kipling

The Gipsy Trail The white moth to the closing bine, The bee to the opened clover, And the gipsy blood to the gipsy blood Ever…

Read More..

The Decline Of The West By Rudyard Kipling

The Decline Of The West Now it is not good for the Christian’s health to hustle the Aryan brown, For the Christian riles, and the…

Read More..

The Benefactors By Rudyard Kipling

The Benefactors Ah! What avails the classic bent And what the cultured word, Against the undoctored incident That actually occurred? And what is Art whereto…

Read More..

Song Of Diego Valdez By Rudyard Kipling

Song Of Diego Valdez 1902 The God of Fair Beginnings Hath prospered here my hand — The cargoes of my lading, And the keels of…

Read More..

Poor Honest Men By Rudyard Kipling

Poor Honest Men Your jar of Virginny Will cost you a guinea, Which you reckon too much by five shillings or ten; But light your…

Read More..

Memories By Rudyard Kipling

Memories ‘The eradication of memories of the Great War. -SOCIALIST GOVERNMENT ORGAN The Socialist Government speaks: THOUGH all the Dead were all forgot And razed…

Read More..

If By Rudyard Kipling

If If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when…

Read More..

Frankie’s Trade By Rudyard Kipling

Frankie’s Trade Old Horn to All Atlantic said: (A-hay O! To me O!) “Now where did Frankie learn his trade? For he ran me down…

Read More..

Covenant By Rudyard Kipling

Covenant 1914 We thought we ranked above the chance of ill. Others might fall, not we, for we were wise– Merchants in freedom. So, of…

Read More..

At His Execution By Rudyard Kipling

At His Execution I am made all things to all men– Hebrew, Roman, and Greek– In each one’s tongue I speak, Suiting to each my…

Read More..

A Dedication By Rudyard Kipling

A Dedication And they were stronger hands than mine That digged the Ruby from the earth– More cunning brains that made it worth The large…

Read More..

The Song Of The Little Hunter By Rudyard Kipling

The Song Of The Little Hunter Ere Mor the Peacock flutters, ere the Monkey People cry, Ere Chil the Kite swoops down a furlong sheer,…

Read More..

The Rabbi’s Song By Rudyard Kipling

The Rabbi’s Song 2 Samuel XIV. 14. If Thought can reach to Heaven, On Heaven let it dwell, For fear the Thought be given Like…

Read More..

With Scindia To Delhi By Rudyard Kipling

With Scindia To Delhi More than a hundred years ago, in a great battle fought near Delhi, an Indian Prince rode fifty miles after the…

Read More..

The Post That Fitted By Rudyard Kipling

The Post That Fitted Though tangled and twisted the course of true love This ditty explains, No tangle’s so tangled it cannot improve If the…

Read More..

The Mare’s Nest By Rudyard Kipling

The Mare’s Nest Jane Austen Beecher Stowe de Rouse Was good beyond all earthly need; But, on the other hand, her spouse Was very, very…

Read More..

The King By Rudyard Kipling

The King “Farewell, Romance!” the Cave-men said; “With bone well carved he went away, Flint arms the ignoble arrowhead, And jasper tips the spear to-day….

Read More..

The Files By Rudyard Kipling

The Files Files The Files – Office Files ! Oblige me by referring to the Files. Every question man can raise, Every phrase of every…

Read More..

The Conundrum Of The Workshops By Rudyard Kipling

The Conundrum Of The Workshops When the flush of a new-born sun fell first on Eden’s green and gold, Our father Adam sat under the…

Read More..

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…

Read More..

Screw-Guns By Rudyard Kipling

Screw-Guns Smokin’ my pipe on the mountings, sniffin’ the mornin’ cool, I walks in my old brown gaiters along o’ my old brown mule, With…

Read More..

Our Fathers Also By Rudyard Kipling

Our Fathers Also Thrones, Powers, Dominions, Peoples, Kings, Are changing ‘neath our hand. Our fathers also see these things But they do not understand. By–they…

Read More..

Loot By Rudyard Kipling

Loot If you’ve ever stole a pheasant-egg be’ind the keeper’s back, If you’ve ever snigged the washin’ from the line, If you’ve ever crammed a…

Read More..

How Fear Came By Rudyard Kipling

How Fear Came The stream is shrunk–the pool is dry, And we be comrades, thou and I; With fevered jowl and dusty flank Each jostling…

Read More..

Et Dona Ferentes By Rudyard Kipling

Et Dona Ferentes In extended observation of the ways and works of man, From the Four-mile Radius roughly to the Plains of Hindustan: I have…

Read More..

By Word Of Mouth By Rudyard Kipling

By Word Of Mouth Not though you die to-night, O Sweet, and wail, A spectre at my door, Shall mortal Fear make Love immortal fail…

Read More..

Alnaschar And The Oxen By Rudyard Kipling

Alnaschar And The Oxen There’s a pasture in a valley where the hanging woods divide, And a Herd lies down and ruminates in peace; Where…

Read More..

A Ballade Of Jakko Hill By Rudyard Kipling

A Ballade Of Jakko Hill One moment bid the horses wait, Since tiffin is not laid till three, Below the upward path and straight You…

Read More..

The Widow At Windsor By Rudyard Kipling

The Widow At Windsor ‘Ave you ‘eard o’ the Widow at Windsor With a hairy gold crown on ‘er ‘ead? She ‘as ships on the…

Read More..

To The City Of Bombay By Rudyard Kipling

To The City Of Bombay The Cities are full of pride, Challenging each to each — This from her mountain-side, That from her burthened beach….

Read More..

Untimely By Rudyard Kipling

Untimely Nothing in life has been made by man for man’s using But it was shown long since to man in ages Lost as the…

Read More..

The Voortrekker By Rudyard Kipling

The Voortrekker The gull shall whistle in his wake, the blind wave break in fire, He shall fulfill God’s utmost will unknowing His desire; And…

Read More..

The Other Man By Rudyard Kipling

The Other Man When the earth was sick and the skies were grey, And the woods were rotted with rain, The Dead Man rode through…

Read More..

The Legends Of Evil By Rudyard Kipling

The Legends Of Evil This is the sorrowful story Told when the twilight fails And the monkeys walk together Holding their neighbours’ tails: — “Our…

Read More..

The Hyaenas By Rudyard Kipling

The Hyaenas After the burial-parties leave And the baffled kites have fled; The wise hyaenas come out at eve To take account of our dead….

Read More..

The Egg-Shell By Rudyard Kipling

The Egg-Shell The wind took off with the sunset– The fog came up with the tide, When the Witch of the North took an Egg-shell…

Read More..

The Butterfly That Stamped By Rudyard Kipling

The Butterfly That Stamped There was never a Queen like Balkis, From here to the wide world’s end; But Balkis talked to a butterfly As…

Read More..

The Answer By Rudyard Kipling

The Answer A Rose, in tatters on the garden path, Cried out to God and murmured ‘gainst His Wrath, Because a sudden wind at twilight’s…

Read More..

Recessional By Rudyard Kipling

Recessional June 22, 1897 God of our fathers, known of old— Lord of our far-flung battle-line— Beneath whose awful Hand we hold Dominion over palm…

Read More..