Songs from Books

(Notes edited by various hands)

[January 16th 2012]


The verses are listed in the order determined by Kipling when he was preparing the collection for publication; click here for a listing by first line, and here for a listing by the books in which they appear.

Title Book First line Notes
Cities and Thrones and Powers
("A Centurion of the Thirtieth")
Puck of Pook's Hill . Cities and Thrones and Powers .
The Recall Actions and Reactions I am the land of their fathers
Puck's Song
("Weland's Sword")
Puck of Pook's Hill . See you the ferny ride that steals
The Way through the Woods
("Marklake Witches")
Rewards and Fairies . They shut the road through the woods
A Three-Part Song
("Dymchurch Flit")
Puck of Pook's Hill . I'm just in love with all these three
The Run of the Downs
("The Knife and the Naked Chalk")
Rewards and Fairies . The Weald is good, the Downs are best
Brookland Road
("Marklake Witches")
Rewards and Fairies . I was very well pleased with what I knowed
Heading Ch. XVII - The Sack of the Gods The Naulahka Strangers drawn from the ends of the earth, jewelled and plumed were we
Heading Ch. VIII - The Kingdom The Naulahka . Now we are come to our Kingdom
Tarrant Moss Plain Tales from the Hills I closed and drew for my love's sake
Sir Richard's Song
("Young Men at the Manor")
Puck of Pook's Hill . I followed my Duke ere I was a lover
A Tree Song
("Weland's Sword")
Puck of Pook's Hill . Of all the trees that grow so fair
Cuckoo Song . Heathfield Parish Memoirs Tell it to the locked-up trees
A Charm Rewards and Fairies . Take of English earth as much .
The Prairie
("The Fortunate Towns"")
Letters to the Family I see the grass shake in the sun for leagues on either hand
Lispeth Plain Tales from the Hills Look, you have cast out Love! What Gods are these
The Other Man Plain Tales from the Hills When the Earth was sick and the Skies were grey
His Wedded Wife. Plain Tales from the Hills Cry ` Murder' in the market-place, and each
Pig Plain Tales from the Hills Go, stalk the red deer o'er the heather
In the Pride of his Youth Plain Tales from the Hills Stopped in the straight when the race was his own!'
Thrown Away Plain Tales from the Hills And some are sulky, while some will plunge'
Tods' Amendment . Plain Tales from the Hills The World hath set its heavy yoke
By Word of Mouth Plain Tales from the Hills Not though you die to-night, O Sweet, and wail
In Error . Plain Tales from the Hills They burnt a corpse upon the sand
The Conversion of Aurelian McGoggin Plain Tales from the Hills Ride with an idle whip, ride with an unused heel
The Rout of the White Hussars Plain Tales from the Hills It was not in the open fight
The Bronkhorst Divorce Case Plain Tales from the Hills In the daytime, when she moved about me
In the House of Suddhoo Plain Tales from the Hills A stone's throw out on either hand
False Dawn Plain Tales from the Hills To-night, God knows what thing shall tide
Cupid's Arrows Plain Tales from the Hills Pit where the buffalo cooled his hide
A Bank Fraud Plain Tales from the Hills He drank strong waters and his speech was coarse .
Cold Iron Rewards and Fairies . Gold is for the mistress-silver for the maid' .
A Song of Kabir The Second Jungle Book . Oh, light was the world that he weighed in his hands!
A Carol Rewards and Fairies . Our Lord Who did the Ox command
'My New-Cut Ashlar' Life's Handicap . My new-cut ashlar takes the light .
Eddi's Service Rewards and Fairies . Eddi, priest of St. Wilfrid .
Shiv and the Grasshopper The Jungle Book Shiv, who poured the harvest and made the winds to blow
Heading Ch. XV - The Fairies' Siege Kim . I have been given my charge to keep
A Song to Mithras
("On the Great Wall")
Puck of Pook's Hill . Mithras, God of the Morning, our trumpets waken the Wall!
The New Knighthood Actions and Reactions Who gives him the Bath? .
Outsong in the Jungle The Second Jungle Book For the sake of him who showed
Harp Song of the Dane Women
("Knights of the Joyous Venture") .
Puck of Pook's Hill , What is a woman that you forsake her
The Thousandth Man
("Simple Simon")
Rewards and Fairies . One man in a thousand, Solomon says
The Winners The Story of the Gadsbys What is the moral? Who rides may read
A St. Helena Lullaby
("A Priest in Spite of Himself")
Rewards and Fairies . How far is St. Helena from a little child at play?'
Chil's Song The Second Jungle Book . These were my companions going forth by night
The Captive Traffics and Discoveries Not with an outcry to Allah nor any complaining
The Puzzler Actions and Reactions The Celt in all his variants from Builth to Ballyhoo
Hadramauti Plain Tales from the Hills Who knows the heart of the Christian? How does reason ?
Heading Ch. I The Naulahka There was a strife 'twixt man and maid
Heading Ch. V The Naulahka Now it is not good for the Christian's health to hustle the Aryan brown
Heading Ch. VII The Naulahka There is pleasure in the wet, wet clay
Heading Ch. VIII The Naulahka When a lover hies abroad .
Heading Ch. IX The Naulahka We meet in an evil land
Heading Ch. XII The Naulahka Because I sought it far from men
Heading Ch. XIII The Naulahka Beat off in our last fight were we?
Heading Ch. XIV The Naulahka This I saw when the rites were done.
Heading Ch. XIX The Naulahka We be the Gods of the East
Heading Ch. I The Light that Faiiled So we settled it all when the storm was done
Heading Ch. IV The Light that Faiiled The wolf-cub at even lay hid in the corn
Heading Ch. XIX The Light that Faiiled If I have taken the common clay'
Heading Ch. XI The Light that Faiiled The lark will make her hymn to God
Heading Ch. XII The Light that Faiiled There were three friends that buried the fourth
Heading Ch. XIV The Light that Faiiled Yet at the last, ere our spearmen had found him
Gallio's Song Actions and Reactions All day long to the judgment-seat
The Bees and the Flies Actions and Reactions A farmer of the Augustan Age
Road-Song of the Bandar­Log . The Jungle Book Here we go in a flung festoon
,Our Fathers also' . Traffics and Discoveries Thrones, Powers, Dominions, Peoples, Kings
A British-Roman Song
("A Centurion of the Thirtieth")
Puck of Pook's Hill . My father's father saw it not
A Pict Song
("The Winged Hats")
Puck of Pook's Hill . Rome never looks where she treads .
The Stranger
("Newspapers abd Democracy")
Letters to the Family The Stranger within my gate
("On the Great Wall")
Puck of Pook's Hill . When I left Rome for Lalage's sake .
Poor Honest Men'
("A Priest in Spite of Himslef")
Rewards and Fairies Your jar of Virginny .
When the Great Ark
("Mountains and the Pacific")
Letters to the Family When the Great Ark, in Vigo Bay
Prophets at Home Puck of Pook's Hill . Prophets have honour all over the Earth
Jubal and Tubal Cain
("A People at Home")
Letters to the Family Jubal sang of the Wrath of God
The Voortrekker Collected The gull shall whistle in his wake, the blind wave break in fire
A School Song Stalky & Co. 'Let us now praise famous men'
The Law of the Jungle The Second Jungle Book . Now this is the Law of the Jungle-as old and as true as the sky
A Servant when he Reigneth
Letters to the Family Three things make earth unquiet
,Our Fathers of Old' Rewards and Fairies . Excellent herbs had our fathers of old
The Heritage The Empire and the Century Our Fathers in a wondrous age .
The Goat Beast and Man in India They killed a child to please the Gods
The Oxen Beast and Man in India Between the waving tufts of jungle-grass .
The Elephant Beast and Man in India The torn boughs trailing o'er the tusks aslant
Pigs and Buffaloes. Beast and Man in India . Dark children of the mere and marsh
The Beasts Beast and Man in India The beasts are very wise
The Return of Imray Life's Handicap . The doors were wide, the story saith
Without Benefit of Clergy Life's Handicap . Before my spring I garnered autumn's gain
The Head of the District Life's Handicap . There's a convict more in the Central Jail
Heading Ch. V!! - Unto whose use Kim Unto whose use the pregnant suns are poised .
A Matter of Fact. Many Inventions And if ye doubt the tale I tell
My Lord the Elephant Many Inventions 'Less you want your toes trod off you'd better get back at once
Collected Many Inventions All the world over, nursing their scars
Song of the Fifth River
("The Treasure and the Law")
Puck of Pook's Hill . When first by Eden Tree
The Children's Song
("The Treasure and the Law")
Puck of Pook's Hill . Land of our Birth, we pledge to thee
Parade-Song of the Camp-Animals .­ The Jungle Book We lent to Alexander the strength of Hercules
("Brother Square-Toes")
Rewards and Fairies . If you can keep your head when all about you .
Heading Ch. V - The Prodigal Son Kim Here come I to my own again
The Necessitarian Traffics and Discoveries I know not in Whose hands are laid .
The Jester Collected There are three degrees of bliss
A Song of Travel
("The Road to Quebec")
Letters to the Family Where's the lamp that Hero lit .
Heading Ch. VIII - The Two-Sided Man Kim . . Much I owe to the Land that grew .
Lukannon The Jungle Book I met my mates in the morning (and oh but I am old!)
An Astrologer's Song Rewards and Fairies . To the Heavens above us .
The Power of the Dog Actions and Reactions There is sorrow enough in the natural way
The Rabbi's Song Actions and Reactions If Thought can reach to Heaven
The Bee Boy's Song Puck of Pook's Hill . Bees! Bees! Hark to your bees!
The Return of the Children Traffics and Discoveries Neither the harps nor the crowns amused, nor the cherubs' dove-winged races .
Merrow Down Just So Stories . There runs a road by Merrow Down .
Old Mother Laidinwool Puck of Pook's Hill . Old Mother Laidinwool had nigh twelve months been dead '
How the Camel got his Hump . Just So Stories The Camel's hump is an ugly lump
How the Whale got his Throat . Just So Stories . When the cabin port-holes are dark and green .
How the Leopard got his Spots Just So Stories I am the Most Wise Baviaan, saying in most wise tones
The Elephant's Child Just So Stories I keep six honest serving-men
The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo Just So Stories . This is the mouth-filling song of the race that was run by a Boomer
The Beginning of the Armadillos Just So Stories I've never sailed the Amazon
The Crab that Played with the Sea Just So Stories . China-going P. and G.'s
The Cat that Walked by Himself Just So Stories Pussy can sit by the fire and sing
The Butterfly that Stsmped Just So Stories There was never a Queen like Balkis
The Looking-Glass. Rewards and Fairies . Queen Bess was Harry's daughter. Stand forward partners all!
The Queen's Men ("The Two Cousins") Rewards and Fairies . Valour and Innocence .
The City of Sleep The Day's Work Over the edge of the purple down
The Widower Various For a season there must be pain
The Prayer of Miriam Cohen Many Inventions From the wheel and the drift of Things
The Song of the Little Hunter. The Second Jungle Book . Ere Mor the Peacock flutters, ere the Monkey People cry
Heading Ch. X - Gow's Watch Kim Your tiercel's too long at hack, Sir. He's no eyass .
Heading Ch. IV - The Wishing Caps Kim Life's all getting and giving
"By the Hoof of the Wild Goat"
("To be Filed for Reference")
Plain Tales from the Hills By the Hoof of the Wild Goat uptossed
Song of the Red War-Boat
("The Conversion of St Wilfrid")
Rewards and Fairies . Shove off from the wharf edge ! Steady !
Morning Song in the Jungle The Second Jungle Book . One moment past our bodies cast
Heading Ch. VII Blue Roses The Light that Failed Roses red and roses white .
A Ripple Song. The Second Jungle Book Once a ripple came to land
Butterflies . Traffics and Discoveries Eyes aloft, over dangerous places
Heading Ch. XII My Lady's Law The Naulahka The Law whereby my lady moves
Heading Ch. XX The Nursing Sister. The Naulahka Our sister sayeth such and such
The Love Song of Har Dyal Plain Tales from the Hills Alone upon the housetops to the North
A Dedication Songs from Books And they were stronger hands than mine .
Dedication - Mother o' Mine . The Light that Failed If I were hanged on the highest hill .
The Only Son. Many Inventions She dropped the bar, she shot the bolt, she fed the fire anew
Mowgli's Song against People The Second Jungle Book I will let loose against you the fleet-footed vines
Romulus and Remus
("Cities and Spaces")
Letters to the Family Oh, little did the Wolf-Child care
Kaa's Hunting The Jungle Book His spots are the joy of the Leopard: his horns are the Buffalo's pride
Mowgh's Brothers The Jungle Book Now Chil the Kite brings home the night.
How Fear Came The Second Jungle Book . The stream is shrunk, the pool is dry
Letting in the Jungle The Second Jungle Book Veil them, cover them, wall them round .
Tiger-Tiger!' The Jungle Book What of the hunting, hunter bold?
The King's Ankus The Second Jungle Book For our white and our excellent nights-for the nights of swift running .
Red Dog The Second Jungle Book . These are the Four that are never content, that have never been filled since the Dews began
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi'. The Jungle Book At the hole where he went in
The Spring Running The Second Jungle Book . Man goes to Man! Cry the challenge through the Jungle ! .
The White Seal The Jungle Book Oh! hush thee, my baby, the night is behind us
Toomai of the Elephants The Jungle Book I will remember what I was, I am sick of rope and chain
Quiquern The Second Jungle Book . The People of the Eastern Ice, they are melting like the snow
The Undertakers The Second Jungle Book . When ye say to Tabaqui, 'My Brother', when ye call the hyena to meat,
The Miracle of Purun Bhagat The Second Jungle Book . The night we felt the earth would move
The Egg-shell Traffics and Discoveries The wind took off with the sunset
The King's Task Traffics and Discoveries After the sack of the City, when Rome was sunk to a name
Poseidon's Law . Traffics and Discoveries When the robust and Brass-bound Man commissioned first for sea
A Truthful Song
("The Wrong Thing")
Rewards and Fairies . I tell this tale, which is strictly true .
A Smugglers' Song
("Hal o' the Draft").
Puck of Pook's Hill . If you wake at midnight, and hear a horse's feet
King Henry VII. and the Shipwrights
("The Wrong Thing")
Rewards and Fairies . Harry, our King in England, from London town is gone.
The Wet Litany Traffics and Discoveries When the water's countenance
The Ballad of Minepit Shaw
("The Tree of Justice")
Rewards and Fairies . About the time that taverns shut
Heading Ch. X Heriot's Ford The Light that Failed I What's that that hirples at my side?'
Frankie's Trade
("Simple Simon")
Rewards and Fairies . Old Horn to All Atlantic said
Heading Ch. XI - The Juggler's Song . Kim When the drums begin to beat .
Thorkild's Song.
("The Knights of the Joyous Venture")
Puck of Pook's Hill . There's no wind along these seas
Angutivaun Taina' The Second Jungle Book Our gloves are stiff with the frozen blood .
Hunting Song of the Seeonee Pack The Jungle Book As the dawn was breaking the Sambhur belied
Song of the Men's Side
("The Knife and the Naked Chalk")
Rewards and Fairies . Once we feared The Beast-when he followed us we ran .
Darzee's Chaunt The Jungle Book Singer and tailor am I
The Four Angels Actions and Reactions As Adam lay a-dreaming beneath the Apple Tree
Heading Ch. XIV The Prayer Kim My Brother kneels, so saith Kabir .