The Five Nations

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The Five Nations  (1903) 
by Rudyard Kipling
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THE FIVE NATIONS



 The Five Nations 




By Rudyard Kipling



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NEW YORK
DOUBLEDAY, PAGE & CO.
1903


Copyright, 1903, by
Rudyard Kipling
Published, October, 1903


THE CAXTON PRESS
New York City, U.S.A.


DEDICATION

Before a midnight breaks in storm,
 Or herded sea in wrath,
Ye know what wavering gusts inform
 The greater tempest's path;
  Till the loosed wind
  Drive all from mind,
Except Distress, which, so will prophets cry,
O'ercame them, houseless, from the unhinting sky.


Ere rivers league against the land
 In piratry of flood,
Ye know what waters slip and stand
 Where seldom water stood.
  Yet who will note,
  Till fields afloat,
And washen carcass and the returning well,
Trumpet what these poor heralds strove to tell?


Ye know who use the Crystal Ball
 (To peer by stealth on Doom),
The Shade that, shaping first of all,
 Prepares an empty room.
  Then doth It pass
  Like breath from glass,
But, on the extorted vision bowed intent,
No man considers why It came or went.


Before the years reborn behold
 Themselves with stranger eye,
And the sport-making Gods of old,
 Like Samson slaying, die,
  Many shall hear
  The all-pregnant sphere,
Bow to the birth and sweat, but—speech denied—
Sit dumb or—dealt in part—fall weak and wide.


Yet instant to fore-shadowed need
 The eternal balance swings;
That winged men the Fates may breed
 So soon as Fate hath wings.
  These shall possess
  Our littleness,
And in the imperial task (as worthy) lay
Up our lives' all to piece one giant day.


CONTENTS

PAGE

DEDICATION
 Before a midnight breaks in storm,

v

THE SEA AND THE HILLS
 Who hath desired the Sea?—the sight of salt water unbounded,

1

THE BELL BUOY
 They christened my brother of old,

4

CRUISERS
 As our mother the Frigate, bepainted and fine,

8

THE DESTROYERS
 The strength of twice three thousand horse,

11

WHITE HORSES
 Where run your colts at pasture?

15

THE SECOND VOYAGE
 We've sent our little Cupids all ashore,

20

THE DYKES
 We have no heart for the fishing, we have no hand for the oar,

23

THE SONG OF DIEGO VALDEZ
 The God of Fair Beginnings,

28

THE BROKEN MEN
 For things we never mention,

34

THE FEET OF THE YOUNG MEN
 Now the Four-way Lodge is opened, now the Hunting Winds are loose,

38

THE TRUCE OF THE BEAR
 Yearly, with tent and rifle, our careless white men go,

44

THE OLD MEN
 This is our lot if we live so long and labour unto the end,

49

THE EXPLORER
 "There's no sense in going further—it's the edge of cultivation,"

52

THE WAGE-SLAVES
 Oh glorious are the guarded heights,

60

THE BURIAL
 When that great Kings return to clay

63

GENERAL JOUBERT
 With those that bred, with those that loosed the strife,

65

THE PALACE
 When I was a King and a Mason—a Master proven and skilled,

66

SUSSEX
 God gave all men all earth to love,

69

SONG OF THE WISE CHILDREN
 When the darkened Fifties dip to the North,

74

BUDDHA AT KAMAKURA
 Oh ye who tread the Narrow Way,

76

THE WHITE MAN'S BURDEN
 Take up the White Man's burden,

79

PHARAOH AND THE SERGEANT
 Said England unto Pharaoh, "I must make a man of you,

82

OUR LADY OF THE SNOWS
 A Nation spoke to a Nation,

87

"ET DONA FERENTES"
 In extended observation of the ways and works of man,

90

KITCHENER'S SCHOOL
 Oh Hubshee, carry your shoes in your hand and bow your head on your breast,

95

THE YOUNG QUEEN
 Her hand was still on her sword-hilt, the spur was still on her heel,

100

RIMMON
 Duly with knees that feign to quake,

104

THE OLD ISSUE
 "Here is nothing new nor aught unproven," say the Trumpets,

107

BRIDGE-GUARD IN THE KARROO
 Sudden the desert changes,

113

THE LESSON
 Let us admit it fairly, as a business people should,

117

THE FILES
 Files,

121

THE REFORMERS
 Not in the camp his victory lies,

126

DIRGE OF DEAD SISTERS
 Who recalls the twilight and the ranged tents in order,

129

THE ISLANDERS
 No doubt but ye are the People—your throne is above the King's,

133

THE PEACE OF DIVES
 The Word came down to Dives in Torment where he lay,

141

SOUTH AFRICA
 Lived a woman wonderful,

149

THE SETTLER
 Here, where my fresh-turned furrows run,

153

Service Songs

CHANT-PAGAN
 Me that 'ave been what I ve been,

159

M. I.
 I wish my mother could see me now, with a fence-post under my arm,

163

COLUMNS
 Out o' the wilderness, dusty an' dry,

170

THE PARTING OF THE COLUMNS
 We've rode and fought and ate and drunk as rations come to hand,

175

TWO KOPJES
 Only two African kopjes,

179

THE INSTRUCTOR
 At times when under cover I 'ave said,

183

BOOTS
 We're foot—slog—slog—slog—sloggin' over Africa,

185

THE MARRIED MAN
 The bachelor 'e fights for one,

188

LICHTENBERG
 Smells are surer than sounds or sights,

191

STELLENBOSH
 The General 'card the firin' on the flank,

194

HALF-BALLAD OF WATERVAL
 When by the labour of my 'ands,

197

PIET
 I do not love my Empire's foes,

199

"WILFUL-MISSING"
 There is a world outside the one you know,

204

UBIQUE
 There is a word you often see, pronounce it as you may,

206

THE RETURN
 Peace is declared, an' I return,

210

RECESSIONAL
 God of our fathers, known of old,

214



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