Kipling used the last verse as the heading for Chapter IV of Kim (1901). When the poem was collected, he moved the last four lines to the end of Verse 1 and wrote four slightly different lines to close the poem.
The complete poem is collected in :
The poem is a meditation on good and bad luck and how one cannot avoid one or earn the other. In this chapter Kim has taken to the road with the Lama and is revelling in the freedom and new experiences:
...Kim's bright eyes were open wide. This broad, smiling river of life, he considered, was a vast improvement on the cramped and crowded Lahore streets. There were new people and new sights at every stride --- castes he knew, and castes that were altogether outside his experience. (p. 86 line 12)Kim is happy to take whatever Fortune may give him.
Largesse! A call for a gift (usually of money) expressed to an eminent person on some special occasion. (Oxford English Dictionary)
besom a derogatory term for a woman.
board approach, make advances to.
quean a loose, ill behaved woman.
Tricksy mischievous. When Kipling’s sister Alice was only five months old her father described her as a “tricksy baby”. From then on she was known to all the family as “Trix”. (Charles Carrington p.13)
wincing restive, resisting control .
jady like a headstrong or disreputable woman.
kittle a Scottish term meaning 'needing careful handling'.
busking getting ready.
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