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''We aren't no thin red 'eroes, nor we aren't no blackguards too,Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. Tommy, Barrack-Room Ballads (1892).
But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you;
And if sometimes our conduck isn't all your fancy paints,
Why, single men in barricks don't grow into plaster saints.''
''And no one shall work for money, and no one shall work for fame,Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British poet. When Earth's last picture is painted, and the tubes are twisted and dried (l. 10-12). . . Rudyard Kipling; Complete Verse; Definitive Edition. (1989) Doubleday.
But each for the joy of the working, and each, in his separate star,
Shall draw the Thing as he sees It for the God of Things as They
''San Francisco is a mad cityinhabited for the most part by perfectly insane people whose women are of a remarkable beauty.''Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. American Notes (1891).
''Five and twenty poniesRudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British writer, poet. "A Smuggler's Song," Puck of Pook's Hill (1906).
Trotting through the dark
Brandy for the Parson, 'Baccy for the Clerk;
Laces for a lady, letters for a spy,
And watch the wall, my darling, while the Gentlemen go by!''
'''How far is St. Helena from an Emperor of France?'Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British poet. A St. Helena Lullaby (l. 13-16). . . Rudyard Kipling; Complete Verse; Definitive Edition. (1989) Doubleday.
I cannot seeI cannot tellthe Crowns they dazzle so.
The Kings sit down to dinner, and the Queens stand up to dance.
(After open weather you may look for snow!)''
''I'avemarchedsixweeks in 'Ell an' certifyRudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British poet. Boots (l. 29-32). . . Rudyard Kipling; Complete Verse; Definitive Edition. (1989) Doubleday.
Itisnotfiredevils, dark or anything,
But bootsbootsbootsbootsmovin' up an' down again,
An' there's no discharge in the war!''
''Call a truce, then, to our labourslet us feast with friends and neighbours,Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. Christmas in India.
And be merry as the custom of our caste;
For if "faint and forced the laughter," and if sadness follow after,
We are richer by one mocking Christmas past.''
''If any question why we died,Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. "Common Form," The Years Between (1919).
Tell them, because our fathers lied.''
''And that is called paying the Dane-geld;Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British author, poet. Dane-Geld, History of England (1911).
But we've proved it again and again,
That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
You never get rid of the Dane.''
''For they're hangin' Danny Deever, you can hear the Dead March play,Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), British writer, poet. "Danny Deever," Barrack-Room Ballads (1892).
The Regiment's in 'ollow squarethey're hangin' him to-day;
They've taken of his buttons off an' cut his stripes away,
An' they're hangin' Danny Deever in the mornin'.''
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A Child's Garden
R. L. Stevenson
Now there is nothing wrong with me
Except -- I think it's called T.B.
And that is why I have to lay
Out in the garden all the day.
Our garden is not very wide
And cars go by on either side,
And make an angry-hooty noise
That rather startles little boys.
But worst of all is when they take
Me out in cars that growl and shake,
With charabancs so dreadful-near
I have to shut my eyes for fear.
But when I'm on my back again,
I watch the Croydon aeroplane
That flies across to France, and sings
Like hitting ...
Life's all getting and giving,
I've only myself to give.
What shall I do for a living?
I've only one life to live.
End it? I'll not find another.
Spend it? But how shall I best?
Sure the wise plan is to live like a man
And Luck may look after the rest!
Largesse! Largesse, Fortune!