Rudyard Kipling Poems

  • 251.  
    Youth that trafficked long with Death,
    And to second life returns,Squanders little time or breath
  • 252.  
    After the fight at Otterburn,
    Before the ravens came, The Witch-wife rode across the fern
  • 253.  
    How comes it that, at even-tide,
    When level beams should show most truth,Man, failing, takes unfailing pride
  • 254.  
    From the wheel and the drift of Things
    Deliver us, Good Lord,And we will face the wrath of Kings,
  • 255.  
    (Non-commissioned Officers of the Line)

  • 256.  
    You couldn't pack a Broadwood half a mile --
    You mustn't leave a fiddle in the damp --You couldn't raft an organ up the Nile,
  • 257.  
    One moment bid the horses wait,
    Since tiffin is not laid till three,Below the upward path and straight
  • 258.  
    Where first by Eden Tree
    The Four Great Rivers ran,To each was appointed a Man
  • 259.  
    The World hath set its heavy yoke
    Upon the old white-bearded folkWho strive to please the King.
  • 260.  
    Once, on a glittering ice-field, ages and ages ago,
    Ung, a maker of pictures, fashioned an image of snow.Fashioned the form of a tribesman -- gaily he whistled and sung,
  • 261.  
    Valour and Innocence
    Have latterly gone henceTo certain death by certain shame attended.
  • 262.  
    1894

  • 263.  
    For before Eve was Lilith. -- Old Tale.

  • 264.  
    I
    This is the sorrowful story
  • 265.  
    Once in life I watched a Star;
    But I whistled, "Let her go!There are others, fairer far,
  • 266.  
    Argument. -- The Indian Government being minded to discover the economic condition of their lands, sent a Committee to inquire into it; and saw that it was good.

  • 267.  
    Shove off from the wharf-edge! Steady!
    Watch for a smooth! Give way! If she feels the lop already
  • 268.  
    I closed and drew for my love's sake
    That now is false to me,And I slew the Reiver of Tarrant Moss
  • 269.  
    Thirteen as twelve my Murray always took--
    He was a publisher. The new PoliceHave neater ways of bringing men to book,
  • 270.  
    Whether to wend through straight streets strictly,
    Trimly by towns perfectly paved;Or after office, as fitteth thy fancy,
  • 271.  
    Ere Mor the Peacock flutters, ere the Monkey People cry,
    Ere Chil the Kite swoops down a furlong sheer,Through the Jungle very softly flits a shadow and a sigh--
  • 272.  
    October 9, 1899 -- Outbreak of Boer War

  • 273.  
    There was Rundle, Station Master,
    An' Beazeley of the Rail,An' 'Ackman, Commissariat,
  • 274.  
    (In Memoriam, Joseph Chamberlain)

  • 275.  
    It got beyond all orders an' it got beyond all 'ope;
    It got to shammin' wounded an' retirin' from the 'alt.'Ole companies was lookin' for the nearest road to slope;
  • 276.  
    We pulled for you when the wind was against us and the sails
    were low. Will you never let us go?
  • 277.  
    My brother kneels, so saith Kabir,
    To stone and brass in heathen wise,But in my brother's voice I hear
  • 278.  
    Your trail runs to the westward,
    And mine to my own place; There is water between our lodges,
  • 279.  
    China-going P. & O.'s
    Pass Pau Amma's playground close,And his Pusat Tasek lies
  • 280.  
    Modern Machinery
    We were taken from the ore-bed and the mine,We were melted in the furnace and the pit-
  • 281.  
    Bees! Bees! Hark to your bees!
    "Hide from your neigbours as much as you please,But all that has happened, to us you must tell,
  • 282.  
    There's a widow in sleepy Chester
    Who weeps for her only son;There's a grave on the Pabeng River,
  • 283.  
    There are three degrees of bliss
    At the foot of Allah's ThroneAnd the highest place is his
  • 284.  
    To the Judge of Right and Wrong
    With Whom fulfillment liesOur purpose and our power belong,
  • 285.  
    Er-Heb beyond the Hills of Ao-Safai
    Bears witness to the truth, and Ao-Safai Hath told the men of Gorukh. Thence the tale
  • 286.  
    About the 15th of this month you may expectour Mr. -- , with the usual Spring Seed, etc., Catalogues.- Florist-s Announcement.

  • 287.  
    1914-18

  • 288.  
    It was our war-ship ~Clampherdown~
    Would sweep the Channel clean,Wherefore she kept her hatches close
  • 289.  
    It is not for them to criticize too minutely the methods the Irish followed, though they might deplore some of their results. During the past few years Ireland had been going through what was tantamount to a revolution. -- EARL SPENCER

  • 290.  
    Wardour Street Border Ballad

  • 291.  
    1918 -- Ille autem iterum negavit.

  • 292.  
    For three things the earth is disquieted, and for four which it cannot bear. For a servant when he reigneth, and a fool when he is filled with meat; for an odious woman when she is married, and an handmaid that is heir to her mistress. -- Prov. XXX. 21-22-23.

  • 293.  
    Reservist of the Line

  • 294.  
    We now, held in captivity,
    Spring to our bondage nor grieve--See now, how it is blesseder,
  • 295.  
    She is not Folly -- that I know.
    Her steadfast eyelids tell me soWhen, at the hour the lights divide,
  • 296.  
    The Weald is good, the Downs are best---
    I'll give you the run of 'em, East to West.Beachy Head and Winddoor Hill,
  • 297.  
    One moment past our bodies cast
    No shadow on the plain;Now clear and black they stride our track,
  • 298.  
    The dead child lay in the shroud,
    And the widow watched beside;And her mother slept, and the Channel swept
  • 299.  
    I've taken my fun where I've found it;
    I've rogued an' I've ranged in my time;I've 'ad my pickin' o' sweet'earts,
  • 300.  
    1903

Total 690 poems written by Rudyard Kipling

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