Rudyard Kipling
Great-Heart by Rudyard Kipling

Great-Heart by Rudyard Kipling

Theodore RooseveltThe interpreter then called for a man-servant of his, one Great-Heart. -- Bunyan's' Pilgrim's ProcessConcerning brave CaptainsOur age hath made knownFor all ...

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Cruisers by Rudyard Kipling

Cruisers by Rudyard Kipling

1899As our mother the Frigate, bepainted and fine,Made play for her bully the Ship of the Line,So we, her bold daughters by iron and fire,Accost and decoy to our masters' ...

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Screw-Guns by Rudyard Kipling

Screw-Guns by Rudyard Kipling

Smokin' my pipe on the mountings, sniffin' the mornin' cool,I walks in my old brown gaiters along o' my old brown mule,With seventy gunners be'ind me, an' never a beggar ...

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His Wedded Wife by Rudyard Kipling

His Wedded Wife by Rudyard Kipling

Cry Murder in the market-place, and eachWill turn upon his neighbour anxious eyesAsking: Art thou the man? We hunted CainSome centuries ago across the world.This bred the fear ...

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The Watcher by Rudyard Kipling

The Watcher by Rudyard Kipling

Put forth to watch, unschooled, alone,'Twixt hostile earth and sky,The mottled lizard 'neath the stoneIs wiser here than I.What stir across the haze of heat?What omen down the ...

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Heriots Ford by Rudyard Kipling”

Heriots Ford by Rudyard Kipling”

What's that that hirples at my side?The foe that you must fight, my lord.That rides as fast as I can ride?The shadow of your might, my lord.Then wheel my horse against the ...

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Contradictions by Rudyard Kipling

Contradictions by Rudyard Kipling

LongfellowThe drowsy carrier swaysTo the drowsy horses' tramp.His axles winnow the spraysOf the hedge where the rabbit playsIn the light of his single lamp.He hears a roar ...

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Evarra And His Gods by Rudyard Kipling

Evarra And His Gods by Rudyard Kipling

~Read here:This is the story of Evarra -- man --Maker of Gods in lands beyond the sea.~ Because the city gave him of her gold, Because the caravans brought turquoises, Because ...

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The Idiot Boy by Rudyard Kipling

The Idiot Boy by Rudyard Kipling

WordsworthHe wandered down the moutain grade Beyond the speed assigned--A youth whom Justice often stayedAnd generally fined.He went alone, that none might knowIf he could drive ...

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The Bronckhurst Divorce Case by Rudyard Kipling

The Bronckhurst Divorce Case by Rudyard Kipling

In the daytime, when she moved about me,In the night, when she was sleeping at my side, --I was wearied, I was wearied of her presence.Day by day and night by night I grew to ...

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Divided Destinies by Rudyard Kipling

Divided Destinies by Rudyard Kipling

It was an artless Bandar, and he danced upon a pine,And much I wondered how he lived, and where the beast might dine,And many, many other things, till, o'er my morning smoke,I ...

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The Benefactors by Rudyard Kipling

The Benefactors by Rudyard Kipling

Ah! What avails the classic bentAnd what the cultured word,Against the undoctored incidentThat actually occurred? And what is Art whereto we pressThrough paint and prose and ...

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The Camels Hump by Rudyard Kipling

The Camels Hump by Rudyard Kipling

The Camel's hump is an ugly lump Which well you may see at the Zoo,But uglier yet is the hump we get From having too little to do.Kiddies and grown-ups too-oo-oo,If we haven't ...

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Russia To The Pacifists by Rudyard Kipling

Russia To The Pacifists by Rudyard Kipling

1918God rest you, peaceful gentlemen, let nothing you dismay,But--leave your sports a little while--the dead are bornethis way!Armies dead and Cities dead, past all count or ...

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Philadelphia by Rudyard Kipling

Philadelphia by Rudyard Kipling

If you're off to Philadelphia in the morning,You mustn't take my stories for a guide.There's little left, indeed, of the city you will read of,And all the folk I write about ...

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Troopin by Rudyard Kipling”

Troopin by Rudyard Kipling”

(Our Army in the East) Troopin', troopin', troopin' to the sea:'Ere's September come again -- the six-year men are free.O leave the dead be'ind us, for they cannot come awayTo ...

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Edgehill Fight by Rudyard Kipling

Edgehill Fight by Rudyard Kipling

Naked and grey the Cotswolds stand Beneath the summer sun, And the stubble fields on either hand Where Sour and Avon run. There is no change in the patient land That has bred us ...

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The Captive by Rudyard Kipling

The Captive by Rudyard Kipling

Not with an outcry to Allah nor any complainingHe answered his name at the muster and stood to the chaining.When the twin anklets were nipped on the leg-bars that held them,He ...

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Route Marchin by Rudyard Kipling”

Route Marchin by Rudyard Kipling”

We're marchin' on relief over Injia's sunny plains,A little front o' Christmas-time an' just be'ind the Rains,Ho! get away you bullock-man, you've 'eard the bugle blowed,There's ...

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Ride To Kandahar by Rudyard Kipling

Ride To Kandahar by Rudyard Kipling

Then we brought the lances down--then the trumpets blew--When we went to Kandahar, ridin' two an' two.Ridin'--ridin'--ridin' two an' two!Ta-ra-ra-ra-ra-ra-a!All the way to ...

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False Dawn by Rudyard Kipling

False Dawn by Rudyard Kipling

To-night, God knows what thing shall tide,The Earth is racked and fain--Expectant, sleepless, open-eyed,And we, who from the Earth were made,Thrill with our Mother's pain.

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Lispeth by Rudyard Kipling

Lispeth by Rudyard Kipling

Look, you have cast out Love! What Gods are theseYou bid me please?The Three in One, the One in Three? Not so!To my own Gods I go.It may be they shall give me greater easeThan ...

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Dirge Of The Dead Sisters by Rudyard Kipling

Dirge Of The Dead Sisters by Rudyard Kipling

Who recalls the twilight and the ranged tents in order (Violet peaks uplifted through the crystal evening air?)And the clink of iron teacups and the piteous, noble laughter, And ...

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My New-Cut Ashlar by Rudyard Kipling

My New-Cut Ashlar by Rudyard Kipling

My New-Cut ashlar takes the lightWhere crimson-blank the windows flare.By my own work before the night,Great Overseer, I make my prayer.If there be good in that I wroughtThy ...

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The Ballad Of East And West by Rudyard Kipling

The Ballad Of East And West by Rudyard Kipling

Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God's great Judgment Seat,But there is neither East nor West, Border, ...

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With Drake In The Tropics by Rudyard Kipling

With Drake In The Tropics by Rudyard Kipling

South and far south below the Line,Our Admiral leads us on,Above, undreamed-of planets shine--The stars we know are gone.Around, our clustered seamen markThe silent deep ...

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Loot by Rudyard Kipling

Loot by Rudyard Kipling

If you've ever stole a pheasant-egg be'ind the keeper's back, If you've ever snigged the washin' from the line,If you've ever crammed a gander in your bloomin' 'aversack, You ...

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The Answer by Rudyard Kipling

The Answer by Rudyard Kipling

A Rose, in tatters on the garden path,Cried out to God and murmured 'gainst His Wrath,Because a sudden wind at twilight's hushHad snapped her stem alone of all the bush.And God, ...

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The Voortrekker by Rudyard Kipling

The Voortrekker by Rudyard Kipling

The gull shall whistle in his wake, the blind wave break in fire,He shall fulfill God's utmost will unknowing His desire,And he shall see old planets pass and alien stars ...

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The Hyaenas by Rudyard Kipling

The Hyaenas by Rudyard Kipling

After the burial-parties leaveAnd the baffled kites have fled,The wise hyaenas come out at eveTo take account of our dead.How he died and why he diedTroubles them not a ...

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An Imperial Rescript by Rudyard Kipling

An Imperial Rescript by Rudyard Kipling

Now this is the tale of the Council the German Kaiser decreed,To ease the strong of their burden, to help the weak in their need,He sent a word to the peoples, who struggle, and ...

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Hymn Before Action by Rudyard Kipling

Hymn Before Action by Rudyard Kipling

The earth is full of anger, The seas are dark with wrath,The Nations in their harness Go up against our path:Ere yet we loose the legions -- Ere yet we draw the blade,Jehovah of ...

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Sea-Wife by Rudyard Kipling

Sea-Wife by Rudyard Kipling

There dwells a wife by the Northern Gate,And a wealthy wife is she,She breeds a breed o' rovin' menAnd casts them over sea.And some are drowned in deep water,And some in sight ...

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How The Leopard Got His Spots by Rudyard Kipling

How The Leopard Got His Spots by Rudyard Kipling

I am the Most Wise Baviaan, saying in Most wise tones,Let us melt into the landscape -- just us two by our lones.People have come -- in a carriage -- calling. But Mummy isthere. ...

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The Burial by Rudyard Kipling

The Burial by Rudyard Kipling

C. F. Rhodes, buried in the Matoppos, April 10, 1902When that great Kings return to clay,Or Emperors in their pride,Grief of a day shall fill a day,Because its creature died.But ...

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Bobs by Rudyard Kipling

Bobs by Rudyard Kipling

(Field Marshal Lord Roberts of Kandahar)There's a little red-faced man,Which is Bobs,Rides the talliest 'orse 'e can --Our Bobs.If it bucks or kicks or rears,'E can sit for ...

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Mine-Sweepers by Rudyard Kipling

Mine-Sweepers by Rudyard Kipling

Dawn off the Foreland -- the young flood making Jumbled and short and steep -- Black in the hollows and bright where it's breaking -- Awkward water to sweep. Mines reported in ...

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Hunting Song Of The Seeonee Pack by Rudyard Kipling

Hunting Song Of The Seeonee Pack by Rudyard Kipling

As the dawn was breaking the Sambhur belledOnce, twice, and again!And a doe leaped up -- and a doe leaped upFrom the pond in the wood where the wild deer sup.This I, scouting ...

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Anchor Song by Rudyard Kipling

Anchor Song by Rudyard Kipling

Heh!Walk her round.Heave, ah heave her short again! Over, snatch her over, there, and hold her on the pawl.Loose all sail, and brace your yards back and full -- Ready jib to pay ...

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Cain And Abel by Rudyard Kipling

Cain And Abel by Rudyard Kipling

Western VersionCain and Abel were brothers born.(Koop-la! Come along, cows!)One raised cattle and one raised corn.(Koop-la! Come along! Co-hoe!)And Cain he farmed by the ...

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Farewell And Adieu…. by Rudyard Kipling

Farewell And Adieu…. by Rudyard Kipling

Farewell and adieu to you, Harwich Ladies, Farewell and adieu to you, ladies ashore! For we've received orders to work to the eastward Where we hope in a short time to strafe ...

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A Nativity by Rudyard Kipling

A Nativity by Rudyard Kipling

1914-18The Babe was laid in the MangerBetween the gentle kine --All safe from cold and danger --But it was not so with mine,(With mine! With mine!)Is it well with the child, is ...

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LEnvoi by Rudyard Kipling”

LEnvoi by Rudyard Kipling”

There's a whisper down the field where the year has shot her yield, And the ricks stand gray to the sun,Singing: -- Over then, come over, for the bee has quit the clover, And ...

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The Stranger by Rudyard Kipling

The Stranger by Rudyard Kipling

The Stranger within my gate,He may be true or kind,But he does not talk my talk--I cannot feel his mind.I see the face and the eyes and the mouth,But not the soul behind.The men ...

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The Runes Of Welands Sword by Rudyard Kipling”

The Runes Of Welands Sword by Rudyard Kipling”

1906A smith makes meTo betray my ManIn my first fight.To gather GoldAt the world's endI am sent.The Gold I gatherComes into EnglandOut of deep Water.Like a shining FishThen it ...

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The King by Rudyard Kipling

The King by Rudyard Kipling

Farewell, Romance! the Cave-men said, With bone well carved he went away,Flint arms the ignoble arrowhead, And jasper tips the spear to-day.Changed are the Gods of Hunt and ...

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One Viceroy Resigns by Rudyard Kipling

One Viceroy Resigns by Rudyard Kipling

(Lord Dufferin to Lord Lansdowne)So here's your Empire. No more wine, then?Good.We'll clear the Aides and khitmatgars away.(You'll know that fat old fellow with the knife --He ...

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Possibilities by Rudyard Kipling

Possibilities by Rudyard Kipling

Ay, lay him 'neath the Simla pine --A fortnight fully to be missed,Behold, we lose our fourth at whist,A chair is vacant where we dine.His place forgets him, other menHave ...

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The Holy War by Rudyard Kipling

The Holy War by Rudyard Kipling

1917For here lay the excellent wisdom of him that built Mansoul, that the walls could never be broken down nor hurt by the most mighty adverse potentate unless the townsmen gave ...

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Poseidons Law by Rudyard Kipling”

Poseidons Law by Rudyard Kipling”

When the robust and Brass-bound Man commissioned first for seaHis fragile raft, Poseidon laughed, and Mariner, said he,Behold, a Law immutable I lay on thee and thine,That never ...

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