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THE FIVE NATIONS



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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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