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A Poem by Rudyard Kipling: “Fuzzy-Wuzzy”

  “Fuzzy-Wuzzy” (Soudan Expeditionary Force) We’ve fought with many men acrost the seas, An’ some of ’em was brave an’ some was not: The Paythan an’ the Zulu an’ Burmese; But the Fuzzy was the finest o’ the lot. We …

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A Poem by Rudyard Kipling: “Cleared”

  “Cleared” (In Memory of a Commission) Help for a patriot distressed, a spotless spirit hurt, Help for an honourable clan sore trampled in the dirt! From Queenstown Bay to Donegal, O listen to my song, The honourable gentlemen have …

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A Poem by Rudyard Kipling: Brown Bess

  “Brown Bess” In the days of lace-ruffles, perukes and brocade Brown Bess was a partner whom none could despise– An out-spoken, flinty-lipped, brazen-faced jade, With a habit of looking men straight in the eyes– At Blenheim and Ramillies fops …

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A Poem by Rudyard Kipling: Birds Of Prey March

  “Birds Of Prey March” March! The mud is cakin’ good about our trousies. Front! — eyes front, an’ watch the Colour-casin’s drip. Front! The faces of the women in the ‘ouses Ain’t the kind o’ things to take aboard …

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A Poem by Rudyard Kipling: “Banquet Night”

  “Banquet Night” “Once in so often,” King Solomon said, Watching his quarrymen drill the stone, “We will curb our garlic and wine and bread And banquet together beneath my Throne, And all Brethren shall come to that mess As …

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A Poem by Rudyard Kipling : As the Bell Clinks

“As the Bell Clinks” As I left the Halls at Lumley, rose the vision of a comely Maid last season worshipped dumbly, watched with fervor from afar; And I wondered idly, blindly, if the maid would greet me kindly. That …

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A Poem by Rudyard Kipling : Angutivaun Taina

“Angutivaun Taina” Our gloves are stiff with the frozen blood, Our furs with the drifted snow, As we come in with the seal–the seal! In from the edge of the floe. Au jana! Aua! Oha! Haq! And the yelping dog-teams …

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The King by Rudyard Kipling

The King “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 Dance, And he with these. Farewell, Romance!” “Farewell, …

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A Poem by Rudyard Kipling : If

If If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you; If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too: If you can wait …

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True Royalty : A poem by Rudyard Kipling

True Royalty There was never a Queen like Balkis, From here to the wide world’s end; But Balkis talked to a butterfly As you would talk to a friend. There was never a King like Solomon, Not since the world …

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