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Rudyard Kipling

(1865-1936)

  • "Angutivaun Taina"
       Our gloves are stiff with the frozen blood,
  • "Back To The Army Again
       I'm 'ere in a ticky ulster an' a broken billycock 'at,
  • "Birds Of Prey March"
       March! The mud is cakin' good about our trousies.
  • "Cleared"
       Help for a patriot distressed, a spotless spirit hurt,
  • "Follow Me 'Ome"
        There was no one like 'im, 'Orse or Foot,
  • "Fuzzy-Wuzzy"
       We've fought with many men acrost the seas,
  • "Mary, Pity Women!"
       You call yourself a man,
  • "Snarleyow"
       This 'appened in a battle to a batt'ry of the corps
  • "Soldier An' Sailor Too"
       As I was spittin' into the Ditch aboard o' the ~Crocodile~,
  • "The Men That Fought At Minden"
       The men that fought at Minden, they was rookies in their time --
  • A Ballad of Burial
       If down here I chance to die,
  • A Ballad of Jakko Hill
       One moment bid the horses wait,
  • A Pilgrim's Way
       I do not look for holy saints to guide me on my way,
  • A Song Of The English
        Fair is our lot -- O goodly is our heritage!
  • A Song of the English
       Fair is our lot -- O goodly is our heritage!
  • An American
       "If the Led Striker call it a strike,
  • An Astrologer's Song
       To the Heavens above us
  • An Imperial Rescript
       Now this is the tale of the Council the German Kaiser decreed,
  • Anchor Song
       Heh! Walk her round. Heave, ah heave her short again!
  • Arithmetic on the Frontier
       A great and glorious thing it is
  • Army Headquarters
       Old is the song that I sing --
  • Arterial
       Frost upon small rain--the ebony-lacquered avenue
  • As the Bell Clinks
       As I left the Halls at Lumley, rose the vision of a comely
  • At His Execution
       I am made all things to all men--
  • Azrael's Count
       Lo! The Wild Cow of the Desert, her yeanling estrayed from her --
  • Banquet Night
       "ONCE in so often," King Solomon said,
  • Barrack-Room Ballads
        When 'Omer smote 'is bloomin' lyre,
  • Belts
       There was a row in Silver Street that's near to Dublin Quay,
  • Bill 'Awkins
        "'As anybody seen Bill 'Awkins?"
  • Boots
       We're foot--slog--slog--slog--sloggin' over Africa --
  • Buddha at Kamakura
       Oye who treated the Narrow Way
  • Cells
       I've a head like a concertina: I've a tongue like a button-stick:
  • Cholera Camp
       We've got the cholerer in camp -- it's worse than forty fights;
  • Danny Deever
       "What are the bugles blowin' for?" said Files-on-Parade.
  • England's Answer
       Truly ye come of The Blood; slower to bless than to ban;
  • Evarra And His Gods
       This is the story of Evarra -- man --
  • For To Admire
       The Injian Ocean sets an' smiles
  • Ford O' Kabul River
       Kabul town's by Kabul river --
  • Gentlemen-Rankers
       To the legion of the lost ones, to the cohort of the damned,
  • Gunga Din
       You may talk o' gin and beer
  • Hymn Before Action
       The earth is full of anger,
  • If
       If you can keep your head when all about you
  • Imperious wool-booted sage
       Imperious wool-booted sage
  • In The Neolithic Age
       In the Neolithic Age savage warfare did I wage
  • L'envoi
       There's a whisper down the field where the year has shot her yield,
  • L'Envoi
       When Earth's last picture is painted and the tubes are twisted and dried,
  • L'envoi To "Life's Handicap"
       My new-cut ashlar takes the light
  • Loot
       If you've ever stole a pheasant-egg be'ind the keeper's back,
  • Mandalay
       By the old Moulmein Pagoda, lookin' eastward to the sea,
  • McAndrew's Hymn
       Lord, Thou hast made this world below the shadow of a dream,
  • Mulholland's Contract
       The fear was on the cattle, for the gale was on the sea,
  • Oonts
       Wot makes the soldier's 'eart to penk, wot makes 'im to perspire?
  • Route Marchin'
       We're marchin' on relief over Injia's sunny plains,
  • Sappers
       When the Waters were dried an' the Earth did appear,
  • Screw-Guns
       Smokin' my pipe on the mountings, sniffin' the mornin' cool,
  • Sestina Of The Tramp-Royal
       Speakin' in general, I 'ave tried 'em all,
  • Shillin' A Day
       My name is O'Kelly, I've heard the Revelly
  • Soldier, Soldier
       "Soldier, soldier come from the wars,
  • That Day
       It got beyond all orders an' it got beyond all 'ope;
  • The "Mary Gloster"
       I've paid for your sickest fancies; I've humoured your crackedest whim --
  • The 'Eathen
       The 'eathen in 'is blindness bows down to wood an' stone;
  • The Advertisement
       Whether to wend through straight streets strictly,
  • The American Rebellion
       Twas not while England's sword unsheathed
  • The Answer
       A Rose, in tatters on the garden path,
  • The Anvil
       England's on the anvil--hear the hammers ring--
  • The Ballad Of Boh Da Thone
        This is the ballad of Boh Da Thone,
  • The Ballad of Bolivar
       Seven men from all the world, back to Docks again,
  • The Ballad Of East And West
        Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,
  • The Ballad of Fisher's Boarding-House
       That night, when through the mooring-chains
  • The Ballad Of The "Clampherdown"
       It was our war-ship Clampherdown
  • The Ballad Of The King's Jest
       When spring-time flushes the desert grass,
  • The Ballad Of The King's Mercy
        Abdhur Rahman, the Durani Chief, of him is the story told.
  • The Betrothed
       Open the old cigar-box, get me a Cuba stout,
  • The Broken Men
       For things we never mention,
  • The Coastwise Lights
       Our brows are bound with spindrift and the weed is on our knees;
  • The Conundrum Of The Workshops
       When the flush of a new-born sun fell first on Eden's green and gold,
  • The Deep-Sea Cables
       The wrecks dissolve above us; their dust drops down from afar --
  • The Derelict
        I was the staunchest of our fleet
  • The English Flag
        Above the portico a flag-staff, bearing the Union Jack,
  • The Explanation
       Love and Death once ceased their strife
  • The Female of the Species
       When the Himalayan peasant meets the he-bear in his pride,
  • The First Chantey
       Mine was the woman to me, darkling I found her;
  • The Flowers
        Buy my English posies!
  • The Gift Of The Sea
       The dead child lay in the shroud,
  • The Gods Of The Copybook Headings
       As I pass through my incarnations in every age and race,
  • The Jacket
       Through the Plagues of Egyp' we was chasin' Arabi,
  • The King
       "Farewell, Romance!" the Cave-men said;
  • The Ladies
       I've taken my fun where I've found it;
  • The Lament of the Border Cattle Thief
       O woe is me for the merry life
  • The Last Chantey
       Thus said The Lord in the Vault above the Cherubim
  • The Last Rhyme Of True Thomas
       The King has called for priest and cup,
  • The Last Shuttee
       Udai Chand lay sick to death
  • The Legend Of Evil
       This is the sorrowful story
  • The Liner She's A Lady
       The Liner she's a lady, an' she never looks nor 'eeds --
  • The Lost Legion
       There's a Legion that never was 'listed,
  • The Merchantmen
       King Solomon drew merchantmen,
  • The Miracles
       I sent a message to my dear --
  • The Mother-Lodge
       There was Rundle, Station Master,
  • The Native-Born
        We've drunk to the Queen -- God bless her! --
  • The Power of the Dog
       There is sorrow enough in the natural way
  • The Rhyme Of The Three Captains
        . . . At the close of a winter day,
  • The Rhyme Of The Three Sealers
        Away by the lands of the Japanee
  • The Sacrifice Of Er-Heb
        Er-Heb beyond the Hills of Ao-Safai
  • The Sea-Wife
       There dwells a wife by the Northern Gate,
  • The Sergeant's Weddin'
       'E was warned agin' 'er --
  • The Shut-Eye Sentry
       Sez the Junior Orderly Sergeant
  • The Song Of The Banjo
       You couldn't pack a Broadwood half a mile --
  • The Song OF The Cities
       Royal and Dower-royal, I the Queen
  • The Song Of The Dead
        Hear now the Song of the Dead -- in the North by the torn berg-edges --
  • The Song of the Little Hunter
       Ere Mor the Peacock flutters, ere the Monkey People cry,
  • The Song of the Old Guard
       Know this, my brethren, Heaven is clear
  • The Song OF The Sons
       One from the ends of the earth -- gifts at an open door --
  • The Song of the Women
       How shall she know the worship we would do her?
  • The Songs of the Lathes
       The fans and the beltings they roar round me.
  • The Sons of Martha
       The Sons of Mary seldom bother, for they have inherited that good part;
  • The Spies' March
       There are not leaders to lead us to honour, and yet without leaders we sally,
  • The Story Of Ung
       Once, on a glittering ice-field, ages and ages ago,
  • The Story of Uriah
       Jack Barrett went to Quetta
  • The Stranger
       The Stranger within my gate,
  • The Survival
       The Survival
  • The Thorkild's Song
       There's no wind along these seas,
  • The Thousandth Man
       One man in a thousand, Solomon says,
  • The Three-Decker
       Full thirty foot she towered from waterline to rail.
  • The Threshold
       In their deepest caverns of limestone
  • The Totem
       Ere the mother's milk had dried
  • The Tour
       Thirteen as twelve my Murray always took--
  • The Truce of the Bear
       Yearly, with tent and rifle, our careless white men go
  • The Two-Sided Man
       Much I owe to the Lands that grew--
  • The Undertaker's Horse
       The eldest son bestrides him,
  • The Vampire
       A fool there was and he made his prayer
  • The Verdicts
       Not in the thick of the fight,
  • The Veterans
       To-day, across our fathers' graves,
  • The Vineyard
       At the eleventh hour he came,
  • The Virginity
       Try as he will, no man breaks wholly loose
  • The Wage-Slaves
       Oh, glorious are the guarded heights
  • The Way Through the Woods
       They shut the road through the woods
  • The Wet Litany
       When the waters' countenance
  • The White Man's Burden
       Take up the White man's burden --
  • The Widow At Windsor
       'Ave you 'eard o' the Widow at Windsor
  • The Widow's Party
       "Where have you been this while away,
  • The Widower
       For a season there must be pain--
  • The Winners
       What the moral? Who rides may read.
  • The Wishing-Caps
       Life's all getting and giving,
  • The Young British Soldier
       When the 'arf-made recruity goes out to the East
  • Things and the Man
       Oh ye who hold the written clue
  • To a Lady, Persuading Her to a Car
       Love's fiery chariot, Delia, take
  • To James Whitcomb Riley
       Your trail runs to the westward,
  • To Motorists
       Since ye distemper and defile
  • To T. A.
        I have made for you a song,
  • To The City Of Bombay
        The Cities are full of pride,
  • To the Companions
       How comes it that, at even-tide,
  • To The True Romance
        Thy face is far from this our war,
  • To the Unknown Goddess
       Will you conquer my heart with your beauty; my sould going out from afar?
  • To Thomas Atkins
       I have made for you a song
  • To Wolcott Balestier
       Beyond the path of the outmost sun through utter darkness hurled --
  • Tomlinson
       Now Tomlinson gave up the ghost in his house in Berkeley Square,
  • Tommy
       I went into a public-'ouse to get a pint o' beer,
  • Troopin'
       Troopin', troopin', troopin' to the sea:
  • Two Kopjes
       Only two African kopjes,
  • Two Months
       No hope, no change! The clouds have shut us in,
  • Ulster
       The dark eleventh hour
  • Untimely
       Nothing in life has been made by man for man's using
  • We and They
       Father and Mother, and Me,
  • What Happened
       Hurree Chunder Mookerjee, pride of Bow Bazaar,
  • What the People Said
       By the well, where the bullocks go
  • When Earth's Last Picture Is Painted
       When Earth's last picture is painted
  • White Horses
       Where run your colts at pasture?
  • Wilful Missing
       There is a world outside the one you know,
  • With Drake in the Tropics
       South and far south below the Line,
  • With Scindia To Delhi
        More than a hundred years ago, in a great battle fought near Delhi,
  • Zion
       The Doorkeepers of Zion,