Rudyard Kipling Poems

  • 1.  
    "Blessed be the English and all their ways and works.
    Cursed be the Infidels, Hereticks, and Turks!" "Amen," quo' Jobson, "but where I used to lie
  • 2.  
    After the Battle. The PRINCESS by the Standard on the Ravelin.
    Enter Gow, with the Crown of the Kingdom.
  • 3.  
    The Head of the Bargi Pass, in snow. Gow and Ferdinand with their Captains.
    GOW (to Ferdinand). The Queen's host would be delivered me to-day, but that these Mountain Men have sent battalia to hold the Pass. They're shod, helmed and torqued with soft gold. For the rest, naked. By no argument can I persuade 'em their gilt carcasses against my bombards avail not. What's to do, Fox?
  • 4.  
    I pray! My little body and whole span
    Of years is Thine, my Owner and my Man. For Thou hast made me, unto Thee I owe
  • 5.  
    Eyes aloft over dangerous places,
    The children follow where Psyche flies, And, in the sweat of their upturned faces,
  • 6.  
    Gow. Had it been your Prince instead of a groom caught in this noose there's not an astrologer of the city,
    Prince. Sacked! Sacked! We were a city yesterday. Gow. So be it, but I was not governor. Not an astrologer, but would ha' sworn he'd foreseen it at the last versary of Venus, when Vulcan caught her with Mars in the house of stinking Capricorn. But since 'tis Jack of the Straw that hangs, the forgetful stars had it not on their tablets.
  • 7.  
    Not with an outcry to Allah nor any complaining
    He answered his name at the muster and stood to the chaining. When the twin anklets were nipped on the leg-bars that held them,
  • 8.  
    Strangers drawn from the ends of the earth, jewelled and plumed were we;
    I was Lord of the Inca race, and she was Queen of the Sea. Under the stars beyond our stars where the new-forged meteors glow,
  • 9.  
    "Poison of asps is under our lips"?
    Why do you seek us, then? Breaking our knotted fellowships
  • 10.  
    I had some friends, but I dreamed that they were dead,
    Who used to dance with lanterns round a little boy in bed; Green and white lanterns that waved to and fro:
  • 11.  
    I seek not what his soul desires.
    He dreads not what my spirit fears. Our Heavens have shown us separate fires.
  • 12.  
    "Oh, show me how a rose can shut and be a bud again!"
    Nay, watch my Lords of the Admiralty, for they have the work in train. They have taken the men that were careless lads at Dartmouth in 'Fourteen
  • 13.  
    To all to whom this little book may come,
    Health for yourselves and those you hold most dear! Content abroad, and happiness at home,
  • 14.  
    Once again the Steamer at Calais, the tackles
    Easing the car-trays on to the quay. Release her! Sign-refill, and let me away with my horses
  • 15.  
    The knight came home from the quest,
    Muddied and sore he came. Battered of shield and crest,
  • 16.  
    Harry, our King in England, from London town is gone,
    And comen to Hamull on the Hoke in the Countie of Suthampton. For there lay the Mary of the Tower, his ship of war so strong,
  • 17.  
    As tho' again, yea, even once again,
    We should rewelcome to our stewardship The rider with the loose-flung bridle-rein
  • 18.  
    "Tommy" you was when it began,
    But now that it is o'er You shall be called The Service Man
  • 19.  
    So long as memory, valour, and faith endure,
    Let these stones witness, through the years to come, How once there was a people fenced secure
  • 20.  
    How do I know what Order brings
    Me into being? I only know, if you do certain things,
  • 21.  
    So we settled it all when the storm was done
    As comfy as comfy could be; And I was to wait in the barn, my dears,
  • 22.  
    From the date that the doors of his prep-school close
    On the lonely little son He is taught by precept, insult, and blows
  • 23.  
    When, with a pain he desires to explain to the multitude, Baby
    Howls himself black in the face, toothlessly striving to curse; And the six-months-old Mother begins to enquire of the Gods if it may be
  • 24.  
    Such as in Ships and brittle Barks
    Into the Seas descend Shall learn how wholly on those Arks
  • 25.  
    The general 'eard the firin' on the flank,
    An' 'e sent a mounted man to bring 'im back The silly, pushin' person's name an' rank
  • 26.  
    News!
    What is the word that they tell now, now, now! The little drums beating in the bazaars?
  • 27.  
    I do not love my Empire's foes,
    Nor call 'em angels; still, What is the sense of 'atin' those
  • 28.  
    Like as the Oak whose roots descend
    Through earth and stillness seeking food Most apt to furnish in the end
  • 29.  
    !Full Chorus.
    To Him Who bade the Heavens abide, yet cease not from their motion, To Him Who tames the moonstruck tide twice a day round Ocean,
  • 30.  
    Have you no Bananas, simple townsmen all?
    "Nay, but we have them certainly. "We buy them off the barrows, with the vegetable-marrows
  • 31.  
    We've rode and fought and ate and drunk as rations* come to hand,
    Together for a year and more around this stinkin' land: Now you are goin' home again, but we must see it through.
  • 32.  
    Valour and Innocence
    Have latterly gone hence To certain death by certain shame attended.
  • 33.  
    'Go, wash thyself in Jordan, go, wash thee and be clean! '
    Nay, not for any Prophet will I plunge a toe therein! For the banks of curious Jordan are parcelled into sites,
  • 34.  
    Now praise the Gods of Time and Chance
    That bring a heart's desire, And lay the joyous roads of France
  • 35.  
    The careful text-books measure
    (Let all who build beware!) The load, the shock, the pressure
  • 36.  
    'And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same . . . .
    'And there shall be a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, according to the six ranches that proceed out of the candlestick . . . . Their knops and their branches shall be of the same.' - Exodus.
  • 37.  
    I have eaten your bread and salt,
    I have drunk your water and wine, The deaths ye died I have watched be-side,
  • 38.  
    My girl she give me the go onest,
    When I was a London lad; An' I went on the drink for a fortnight,
  • 39.  
    Shiv, who poured the harvest and made the winds to blow,
    Sitting at the doorways of a day of long ago, Gave to each his portion, food and toil and fate,
  • 40.  
    We now, held in captivity,
    Spring to our labours nor greive! See now, how it is a blesseder,
  • 41.  
    Rahere, King Henry's jester, feared by all the Norman Lords
    For his eye that pierced their bosoms, for his tongue that shamed their swords; Feed and flattered by the Churchmen, well they knew how deep he stood
  • 42.  
    Queen Bess was Harry's daughter. Stand forward partners all!
    In ruff and stomacher and gown She danced King Philip down-a down,
  • 43.  
    Non nobis Domine!,
    Not unto us, O Lord! The Praise or Glory be
  • 44.  
    When the cabin port-holes are dark and green
    Because of the seas outside; When the ship'goes wop (with a wiggle between)
  • 45.  
    There is a word you often see, pronounce it as you may
    "You bike," "you bykwee," "ubbikwe ", alludin' to R.A. It serves 'Orse, Field, an' Garrison as motto for a crest,
  • 46.  
    Here is a horse to tame
    Here is a gun to handle God knows you can enter the game
  • 47.  
    Beyond the path of the outmost sun through utter darkness hurled,
    Farther than ever comet flared or vagrant star-dust swirled, Live such as fought and- sailed and ruled and loved and made our world.
  • 48.  
    Friend, thou beholdest the lightning? Who has the charge of it,
    To decree which rock-ridge shall receive, shall be chosen for targe of it? Which crown among palms shall go down, by the thunderbolt broken;
  • 49.  
    A nation spoke to a Nation,
    A Queen sent word to a Throne: "Daughter am I in my mother's house,
  • 50.  
    On the Downs, in the Weald, on the Marshes,
    I heard the Old Gods say: "Here come Very Many People:
Total 690 poems written by Rudyard Kipling

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