Rudyard Kipling Poems
- 1. Jobson's Amen
"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. Gow's Watch : Act V. Scene 3
After the Battle. The PRINCESS by the Standard on the Ravelin.
Enter Gow, with the Crown of the Kingdom.
- 3. Gow's Watch : Act Iv. Scene 4.
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. The Supplication Of The Black Aberdeen
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. Kaspar's Song In 'varda'
Eyes aloft over dangerous places,
The children follow where Psyche flies, And, in the sweat of their upturned faces,
- 6. From Lyden's 'irenius' - Act Iii. Sc. Ii.
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. From The Masjid-al-aqsa Of Sayyid Ahmed (wahabi
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. The Sack Of The Gods
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 (a Brazilian Snake-farm) (brazilian Verses)
"Poison of asps is under our lips"?
Why do you seek us, then? Breaking our knotted fellowships
- 10. The Friends
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. Two Races (brazilian Verses)
I seek not what his soul desires.
He dreads not what my spirit fears. Our Heavens have shown us separate fires.
- 12. The Scholars
"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. Preface
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. Song Of Seventy Horses
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 Quest
The knight came home from the quest,
Muddied and sore he came. Battered of shield and crest,
- 16. King Henry Vii And The Shipwrights
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. Rhodes Memorial, Table Mountain
As tho' again, yea, even once again,
We should rewelcome to our stewardship The rider with the loose-flung bridle-rein
- 18. The Service Man
"Tommy" you was when it began,
But now that it is o'er You shall be called The Service Man
- 19. Ode - Melbourne Shrine Of Remembrance
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. Song Of The Dynamo (brazilian Verses)
How do I know what Order brings
Me into being? I only know, if you do certain things,
- 21. Chapter Headings - 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 in the barn, my dears,
- 22. The Waster
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. The Nurses
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 (brazilian Verses)
Such as in Ships and brittle Barks
Into the Seas descend Shall learn how wholly on those Arks
- 25. Stellenbosh
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. The Runners
What is the word that they tell now, now, now! The little drums beating in the bazaars?
- 27. Piet
I do not love my Empire's foes,
Nor call 'em angels; still, What is the sense of 'atin' those
- 28. Samuel Pepys
Like as the Oak whose roots descend
Through earth and stillness seeking food Most apt to furnish in the end
- 29. The Supports - (song Of The Avaiting Seraphs.)
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. A Song Of Bananas (brazilian Verses)
Have you no Bananas, simple townsmen all?
"Nay, but we have them certainly. "We buy them off the barrows, with the vegetable-marrows
- 31. The Parting Of The Columns
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. The Two Cousins
Valour and Innocence
Have latterly gone hence To certain death by certain shame attended.
- 33. Naaman's Song
'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. A Song Of French Roads
Now praise the Gods of Time and Chance
That bring a heart's desire, And lay the joyous roads of France
- 35. Hymn Of Breaking Strain
The careful text-books measure
(Let all who build beware!) The load, the shock, the pressure
- 36. Song Of The Old Guard
'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. Prelude To Departmental Ditties And Other Verses
I have eaten your bread and salt,
I have drunk your water and wine, The deaths ye died I have watched be-side,
- 38. Private Ortheris's Song
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 And The Grasshopper
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. Song Of The Engines
We now, held in captivity,
Spring to our labours nor greive! See now, how it is a blesseder,
- 41. Rahere
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. The Looking-glass (a Country Dance)
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!
Non nobis Domine!,
Not unto us, O Lord! The Praise or Glory be
- 44. Chapter Headings - Just-so Stories
When the cabin port-holes are dark and green
Because of the seas outside; When the ship'goes wop (with a wiggle between)
- 45. Ubique
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. Verses On Games
Here is a horse to tame
Here is a gun to handle God knows you can enter the game
- 47. Dedication From "barrack Room Ballads"
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. A Song In The Desert
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. Our Lady Of The Snows
A nation spoke to a Nation,
A Queen sent word to a Throne: "Daughter am I in my mother's house,
- 50. Very Many People
On the Downs, in the Weald, on the Marshes,
I heard the Old Gods say: "Here come Very Many People: