an English poet, short-story writer, and novelist chiefly remembered for his celebration of British imperialism, tales and poems of British soldiers in India, and his tales for children. Kipling received the 1907 Nobel Prize for Literature. He was born in Bombay, in the Bombay Presidency of British India, and was taken by his family to England when he was five years old. Kipling is best known for his works of fiction, including The Jungle Book (a collection of stories which includes "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi"), Just So Stories (1902) (1894), Kim (1901) (a tale of adventure), many short stories, including "The Man Who Would Be King" (1888); and his poems, including Mandalay ... more »
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Rudyard Kipling Poems
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:
A Child's Garden
R. L. Stevenson Now there is nothing wrong with me
A Code of Morals
Now Jones had left his new-wed bride to keep his house in order, And hied away to the Hurrum Hills above the Afghan border, To sit on a rock with a heliograph; but ere he left he taught His wife the working of the Code that sets the miles at naught.
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.
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 suffered grievous wrong.
You may talk o' gin and beer When you're quartered safe out 'ere, An' you're sent to penny-fights an' Aldershot it; But when it comes to slaughter
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.
Pit where the buffalo cooled his hide, By the hot sun emptied, and blistered and dried; Log in the plume-grass, hidden and lone; Bund where the earth-rat's mounds are strown;
By the old Moulmein Pagoda, lookin' eastward to the sea, There's a Burma girl a-settin', and I know she thinks o' me; For the wind is in the palm-trees, and the temple-bells they say: "Come you back, you British soldier; come you back to Mandalay!"
Mary, Pity Women!
You call yourself a man, For all you used to swear, An' leave me, as you can, My certain shame to bear?
Mother o' Mine
If I were hanged on the highest hill, Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine! I know whose love would follow me still, Mother o’ mine, O mother o’ mine!
A Legend of Truth
Once on a time, the ancient legends tell, Truth, rising from the bottom of her well, Looked on the world, but, hearing how it lied, Returned to her seclusion horrified.
A Servant When He Reigneth
Three things make earth unquiet And four she cannot brook The godly Agur counted them And put them in a book --
A Ballad of Burial
If down here I chance to die, Solemnly I beg you take All that is left of "I" To the Hills for old sake's sake,
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''A people always ends by resembling its shadow.''Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. quoted in Maurois, The Art of Writing, "The Writer's Craft," sct. 2 (1960). Said to author and ...
''Power without responsibilitythe prerogative of the harlot throughout the ages.''Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. quoted in The Kipling Journal (Dec. 1971). The quotation is often ascribed to British prime min...
''Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.''Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. quoted in Times (London, Feb. 15, 1923), speech, Feb. 14, 1923.
''And what should they know of England who only England know?''Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. The English Flag, l. 2, Barrack-Room Ballads (1892).
''For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.''Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British writer, poet. "The Female of the Species," Rudyard Kipling's Verse (1919).
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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 and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream---and not make dreams your master;
If you can think---and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the ...