A Ballade Of Burial Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


Saint Praxed's ever was the Church for peaceA
If down here I chance to dieB
Solemnly I beg you takeC
All that is left of IB
To the Hills for old sake's sakeC
Pack me very thoroughlyD
In the ice that used to slakeC
Pegs I drank when I was dryB
This observe for old sake's sakeC
To the railway station hieE
There a single ticket takeC
For Umballa goods train IB
Shall not mind delay or shakeC
I shall rest contentedlyD
Spite of clamour coolies makeC
Thus in state and dignityD
Send me up for old sake's sakeC
Next the sleepy Babu wakeC
Book a Kalka van for fourF
Few I think will care to makeC
Journeys with me any moreF
As they used to do of yoreF
I shall need a special brakeC
'Thing I never took beforeF
Get me one for old sake's sakeC
After that arrangements makeC
No hotel will take me inG
And a bullock's back would breakC
'Neath the teak and leaden skinG
Tonga ropes are frail and thinG
Or did I a back seat takeC
In a tonga I might spinG
Do your best for old sake's sakeC
After that your work is doneH
Recollect a Padre mustI
Mourn the dear departed oneH
Throw the ashes and the dustI
Don't go down at once I trustI
You will find excuse to snakeC
Three days' casual on the bustI
Get your fun for old sake's sakeC
I could never stand the PlainsJ
Think of blazing June and MayK
Think of those September rainsJ
Yearly till the Judgment DayK
I should never rest in peaceA
I should sweat and lie awakeC
Rail me then on my deceaseA
To the Hills for old sake's sakeC

Rudyard Kipling


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