Poésies de Rudyard Kipling

gb-engPoésie anglaise

A

  • "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 --

  • "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!

  • "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;

  • 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,

  • A Ballade of Jakko Hill

    One moment bid the horses wait,
    Since tiffin is not laid till three,
    Below the upward path and straight

  • A Bank Fraud

    He drank strong waters and his speech was coarse;
    He purchased raiment and forbore to pay';

  • A Boy Scouts' Patrol Song

    These are our regulations --
    There's just one law for the Scout
    And the first and the last, and the present and the past,

  • A British-Roman Song

    (A. D. 406)
    "A Centurion of the Thirtieth"
    My father's father saw it not,
    And I, belike, shall never come

  • A Carol

    Our Lord Who did the Ox command
    To kneel to Judah's King,
    He binds His frost upon the land
    To ripen it for Spring --

  • A Charm

    Take of English earth as much
    As either hand may rightly clutch.
    In the taking of it breathe
    Prayer for all who lie beneath.

  • Tous les poèmes de Rudyard Kipling débutant par la lettre A

B

C

  • "Cities and Thrones and Powers"

    Cities and Thrones and Powers,
    Standin Time's eye,
    Almost as long as flowers,
    Which daily die:
    But, as new buds put forth

  • "Cleared"

    (In Memory of a Commission)
    Help for a patriot distressed, a spotless spirit hurt,

  • Cain and Abel

    Western Version
    Cain and Abel were brothers born.
    (Koop-la! Come along, cows!)
    One raised cattle and one raised corn.

  • Carmen Circulare

    Q. H. Flaccus
    Dellius, that car which, night and day,
    Lightnings and thunders arm and scourge--

  • Cells

    I've a head like a concertina:I've a tongue like a button-stick:

  • Certain Maxims of Hafiz

    I.
    If It be pleasant to look on, stalled in the packedserai,
    Does not the Young Man try Its temper and pace ere he buy?

  • Chant-Pagan

    ENGLISH IRREGULAR, DISCHARGED
    Me that 'ave been what I've been --
    Me that 'ave gone where I've gone --

  • Cholera Camp

    We've got the cholerer in camp -- it's worse than forty fights;
    We're dyin' in the wilderness the same as Isrulites;

  • Christmas in India

    Dim dawn behind the tamerisks -- the sky is saffron-yellow --
    As the women in the village grind the corn,

  • Cities and Thrones and Powers

    Cities and Thrones and Powers,
    Stand in Time's eye,
    Almost as long as flowers,
    Which daily die:
    But, as new buds put forth

  • Tous les poèmes de Rudyard Kipling débutant par la lettre C

D

  • Dane-Geld

    A.D. 980-1016
    It is always a temptation to an armed and agile nation
    To call upon a neighbour and to say:--

  • Danny Deever

    "What are the bugles blowin' for?" said Files-on-Parade.
    "To turn you out, to turn you out", the Colour-Sergeant said.

  • Darzee's Chaunt

    Singer and tailor am I--
    Doubled the joys that I know--
    Proud of my lilt to the sky,
    Proud of the house that I sew--

  • Darzee's Chount

    Sung in honor of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi
    Singer and tailor am I--
    Doubled the joys that I know--
    Proud of my lilt to the sky,

  • Death of a Believer

    Yet at the last, ere our spearmen had found him,
    Yet at the last, ere a sword-thrust could save,

  • Dedication

    To the City of Bombay
    The Cities are full of pride,
    Challenging each to each --
    This from her mountain-side,

  • Delilah

    We have another viceroy now, -- those days are dead and done
    Of Delilah Aberyswith and depraved Ulysses Gunne.

  • Dinah in Heaven

    She did not know that she was dead,
    But, when the pang was o'er,
    Sat down to wait her Master's tread
    Upon the Golden Floor,

  • Divided Destinies

    It was an artlessBandar,and he danced upon a pine,
    And much I wondered how he lived, and where the beast might dine,

  • Doctors

    Man dies too soon, beside his works half-planned.
    His days are counted and reprieve is vain:

E

  • Eddi's Service

    (A.D. 687)
    Eddi, priest of St. Wilfrid
    In his chapel at Manhood End,
    Ordered a midnight service
    For such as cared to attend.

  • Edgehill Fight

    Naked and grey the Cotswolds stand
    Beneath the summer sun,
    And the stubble fields on either hand
    Where Sour and Avon run.

  • En-Dor

    Behold there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at En-dor. -- I Samuel, xxviii. 7
    The road to En-dor is easy to tread

  • England's Answer

    Truly ye come of The Blood; slower to bless than to ban;
    Little used to lie down at the bidding of any man.

  • Evarra And His Gods

    ~Read here:
    This is the story of Evarra -- man --
    Maker of Gods in lands beyond the sea.~

  • Evil Land

    We meet in an evil land
    That is near to the gates of hell.
    I wait for thy command
    To serve, to speed or withstand.

F

  • "Follow Me 'Ome"

    There was no one like 'im, 'Orse or Foot,
    Nor any o' the Guns I knew;
    An' because it was so, why, o' course 'e went an' died,

  • "For All We Have and Are"

    For all we have and are,
    For all our children's fate,
    Stand up and meet the war.
    The Hun is at the gate!

  • "Fuzzy-Wuzzy"

    (Soudan Expeditionary Force)
    We've fought with many men acrost the seas,
    An' some of 'em was brave an' some was not:

  • False Dawn

    To-night, God knows what thing shall tide,
    The Earth is racked and fain--
    Expectant, sleepless, open-eyed;

  • Farewell and adieu....

    Farewell and adieu to you, Harwich Ladies,
    Farewell and adieu to you, ladies ashore!

  • Fastness

    Tennison
    This is the end whereto men toiled
    Before thy coachman guessed his fate,--

  • Follow Me 'Ome

    There was no one like 'im, 'Orse or Foot,
    Nor any o' the Guns I knew;
    An' because it was so, why, o' course 'e went an' died,

  • For All We Have and Are

    For all we have and are,
    For all our children's fate,
    Stand up and meet the war.
    The Hun is at the gate!

  • For To Admire

    The Injian Ocean sets an' smiles
    So sof', so bright, so bloomin' blue;
    There aren't a wave for miles an' miles

  • Ford O' Kabul River

    Kabul town's by Kabul river --
    Blow the bugle, draw the sword --
    There I lef' my mate for ever,
    Wet an' drippin' by the ford.

  • Tous les poèmes de Rudyard Kipling débutant par la lettre F

G

  • Gallio's Song

    And Gallio cared for none of these things. -- Acts xviii. 17
    All day long to the judgment-seat
    The crazed Provincials drew--

  • Gehazi

    1915
    Whence comest thou, Gehazi,
    So reverend to behold,
    In scarlet and in ermines
    And chain of England's gold?"

  • General Joubert

    (Died, South African War, March 27, 1900)
    With those that bred, with those that loosed the strife,

  • Gentleman-rankers

    To the legion of the lost ones, to the cohort of the damned,
    To my brethren in their sorrow overseas,

  • Gentlemen-Rankers

    To the legion of the lost ones, to the cohort of the damned,
    To my brethren in their sorrow overseas,

  • Gertrude's Prayer

    That which is marred at birth Time shall not mend,
    Nor water out of bitter well make clean;

  • Gethsemane

    1914-18
    The Garden called Gethsemane
    In Picardy it was,
    And there the people came to see
    The English soldiers pass.

  • Giffen's Debt

    Imprimis he was "broke." Thereafter left
    His Regiment and, later, took to drink;
    Then, having lost the balance of his friends,

  • Gipsy Vans

    Unless you come of the gipsy stock
    That steals by night and day,
    Lock your heart with a double lock
    And throw the key away.

  • Gods of the East

    Because I sought it far from men,
    In deserts and alone,
    I found it burning overhead,
    The jewel of a Throne.

  • Tous les poèmes de Rudyard Kipling débutant par la lettre G

H

  • "Helen All Alone"

    There was darkness under Heaven
    For an hour's space--
    Darkness that we knew was given
    Us for special grace.

  • Hadramauti

    Who knows the heart of the Christian? How does he reason?
    What are his measures and balances? Which is his season

  • Half-Ballad of Waterval

    (Non-commissioned Officers in Charge of Prisoners)
    When by the labor of my 'ands
    I've 'elped to pack a transport tight

  • Harp Song of the Dane Women

    What is a woman that you forsake her,
    And the hearth-fire and the home-acre.
    To go with the old grey Widow-maker?

  • Helen All Alone

    There was darkness under Heaven
    For an hour's space--
    Darkness that we knew was given
    Us for special grace.

  • Heriot's Ford

    "What's that that hirples at my side?"
    The foe that you must fight, my lord.
    "That rides as fast as I can ride?"

  • His Wedded Wife

    Cry "Murder" in the market-place, and each
    Will turn upon his neighbour anxious eyes
    Asking: "Art thou the man?" We hunted Cain

  • How Fear Came

    The stream is shrunk--the pool is dry,
    And we be comrades, thou and I;
    With fevered jowl and dusty flank

  • How It All Began

    So we settled it all when the storm was done
    As comfy as comfy could be;
    And I was to wait in the barn, my dears,

  • How the Camel Got His Hump

    The Camel's hump is an ugly lump
    Which well you may see at the Zoo;
    But uglier yet is the hump we get

  • Tous les poèmes de Rudyard Kipling débutant par la lettre H

I

  • I Keep Six Honest...

    I keep six honest serving-men
    (They taught me all I knew);
    Their names are What and Why and When
    And How and Where and Who.

  • If

    If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;

  • In Error

    They burnt a corpse upon the sand--
    The light shone out afar;
    It guided home the plunging dhows
    That beat from Zanzibar.

  • In Springtime

    My garden blazes brightly with the rose-bush and the peach,
    And thekoilsings above it, in the siris by the well,

  • In the House of Suddhoo

    A stone's throw out on either hand
    From that well-ordered road we tread,
    And all the world is wild and strange;

  • In the Matter of One Compass

    When, foot to wheel and back to wind,
    The helmsman dare not look behind,
    But hears beyond his compass-light,

  • In The Neolithic Age

    In the Neolithic Age savage warfare did I wage
    For food and fame and woolly horses' pelt;

J

  • James I

    1603-25
    The child of Mary Queen of Scots,
    A shifty mother's shiftless son,
    Bred up among intrigues and plots,

  • Jane's Marriage

    Jane went to Paradise:
    That was only fair.
    Good Sir Walter followed her,
    And armed her up the stair.
    Henry and Tobias,

  • Jubal and Tubal Cain

    Canadian
    Jubal sang of the Wrath of God
    And the curse of thistle and thorn--
    But Tubal got him a pointed rod,

  • Justice

    October, 1918
    Across a world where all men grieve
    And grieving strive the more,
    The great days range like tides and leave

K

  • Kim

    Unto whose use the pregnant suns are poised,
    With idiot moons and stars retracting stars?

  • Kitchener's School

    Being a translation of the song that was made by a Mohammedan schoolmaster of Bengal Infantry (some time on service at Suakim)

L

  • "Late Came the God"

    Late came the God, having sent his forerunners who were
    not regarded--
    Late, but in wrath;

  • "Lukannon"

    I met my mates in the morning (and oh, but I am old!)
    Where roaring on the ledges the summer ground-swell rolled;

  • L'envoi

    There's a whisper down the field where the year has shot her yield,
    And the ricks stand gray to the sun,

  • L'envoi To "Life's Handicap"

    My new-cut ashlar takes the light
    Where crimson-blank the windows flare;
    By my own work, before the night,

  • L'Envoi to Life's Handicap

    My new-cut ashlar takes the light
    Where crimson-blank the windows flare;
    By my own work, before the night,

  • La Nuit Blanche

    A much-discerning Public hold
    The Singer generally sings
    And prints and sells his past for gold.
    Whatever I may here disclaim,

  • Lady Geraldine's Hardship

    E.B. Browning
    I turned -- Heaven knows we women turn too much
    To broken reeds, mistaken so for pine

  • Late Came the God

    Late came the God, having sent his forerunners who were
    not regarded--
    Late, but in wrath;

  • Letting in the Jungle

    Veil them, cover them, wall them round--
    Blossom, and creeper, and weed--
    Let us forget the sight and the sound,

  • Lichtenberg

    (New South Wales Contingent)
    Smells are surer than sounds or sights
    To make your heart-strings crack--

  • Tous les poèmes de Rudyard Kipling débutant par la lettre L

M

  • "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?

  • M'Andrew's Hymn

    Lord, Thou hast made this world below the shadow of a dream,
    An', taught by time, I tak' it so -- exceptin' always Steam.

  • Macdonough's Song

    Whether the State can loose and bind
    In Heaven as well as on Earth:
    If it be wiser to kill mankind
    Before or after the birth--

  • Mandalay

    By the old Moulmein Pagoda, lookin' eastward to the sea,
    There's a Burma girl a-settin', and I know she thinks o' me;

  • Many Inventions

    'Less you want your toes trod of you'd better get back at once,
    For the bullocks are walking two by two,

  • Mary's Son

    1911
    If you stop to find out what your wages will be
    And how they will clothe and feed you,

  • 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?

  • McAndrew's Hymn

    Lord, Thou hast made this world below the shadow of a dream,
    An', taught by time, I tak' it so -- exceptin' always Steam.

  • Merrow Down

    I
    There runs a road by Merrow Down--
    A grassy track to-day it is--
    An hour out Guildford town,
    Above the river Wey it is.

  • Mesopotamia

    1917
    They shall not return to us, the resolute, the young,
    The eager and whole-hearted whom we gave:

  • Tous les poèmes de Rudyard Kipling débutant par la lettre M

O

  • "Our Fathers Also"

    Thrones, Powers, Dominions, Peoples, Kings,
    Are changing 'neath our hand.
    Our fathers also see these things

  • "Our Fathers of Old"

    Excellent herbs had our fathers of old--
    Excellent herbs to ease their pain--
    Alexanders and Marigold,

P

  • "Poor Honest Men"

    Your jar of Virginny
    Will cost you a guinea,
    Which you reckon too much by five shillings or ten;
    But light your churchwarden

R

  • "Rimini"

    When I left Rome for Lalage's sake,
    By the Legions' Road to Rimini,
    She vowed her heart was mine to take

S

  • "Snarleyow"

    This 'appened in a battle to a batt'ry of the corps
    Which is first among the women an' amazin' first in war;

  • "Soldier An' Sailor Too"

    As I was spittin' into the Ditch aboard o' the ~Crocodile~,
    I seed a man on a man-o'-war got up in the Reg'lars' style.

T

  • "The Men That Fought At Minden"

    A Song of Instruction
    The men that fought at Minden, they was rookies in their time --
    So was them that fought at Waterloo!

  • The Lesson

    1899-1902 -- Boer War
    Let us admit it fairly, as a business people should,

  • The Light That Failed

    So we settled it all when the storm was done
    As comfy as comfy could be;
    And I was to wait in the barn, my dears,

  • The Liner She's A Lady

    The Liner she's a lady, an' she never looks nor 'eeds --
    The Man-o'-War's 'er 'usband, an' 'e gives 'er all she needs;

  • The Long Trail

    There's a whisper down the field where the year has shot her yield,
    And the ricks stand grey to the sun,

  • The Lost Legion

    There's a Legion that never was 'listed,
    That carries no colours or crest,
    But, split in a thousand detachments,

  • The Love Song of Har Dyal

    Alone upon the housetops to the North
    I turn and watch the lightnings in the sky--
    The glamour of thy footsteps in the North.

  • The Lovers' Litany

    Eyes of grey -- a sodden quay,
    Driving rain and falling tears,
    As the steamer wears to sea
    In a parting storm of cheers.

  • The Lowestoft Boat

    East Coast Patrols of the War, 1914-18
    In Lowestoft a boat was laid,
    Mark well what I do say!

  • The Man Who Could Write

    Shun -- shun the Bowl! That fatal, facile drink
    Has ruined many geese who dipped their quills in 't;

  • Tous les poèmes de Rudyard Kipling débutant par la lettre T

Y

  • Yet At the Last

    Yet at the last, ere our spearmen had found him,
    Yet at the last, ere a sword-thrust could save,

Z

  • Zion

    The Doorkeepers of Zion,
    They do not always stand
    In helmet and whole armour,
    With halberds in their hand;