The Glories

(Notes by John Radcliffe)

the poem
[January 2nd 2018]


This poem was first published in May 1925 as the preface to A Choice of Songs from the verse of Rudyard Kipling. It is listed in ORG as no. 1125. .

It is collected as "The Glories" in:
  • Inclusive Verse (1935)
  • Definitive Verse (1940)
  • The Sussex Edition vol. xxxv (1939)
  • The Burwash Edition vol. xxviii (1941)
  • Cambridge Edition (2013) Ed. Thomas Pinney, p. 1411.

The poem

The poem, written as the preface to a collection of thirty poems, from "Sestina of the Tramp Royal" (1896) to "Recessional" (1897), is a celebration of human diversity, 'In Faiths and Food and Books and Friends', concluding that:
There is a glory in all things;
But each must find his own,
This principle was dear to Kipling's heart throughout his life: see also "The Mother Lodge" (1894), and "The Two-sided Man" (1901).


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