Gow's Watch

Act IV, Scene 4

(notes by Lisa Lewis)

[November 26 2003]


An earlier fragment, “Gow’s Watch, Act II, Scene 2,” was published in Songs from Books (1913). It incorporated the epigraph to chapter X of Kim and the last seven lines of “From Lyden’s Irenius”, introduction to the story “Mrs Bathurst” in Traffics and Discoveries, into a narrative about a mythical kingdom. The present scene follows "The Prophet and the Country” in Debits and Credits, where it was first published. It and “Act V, Scene 3” (with "A Madonna of the Trenches" in the same collection) would be added to “Act II, Scene 2” in Rudyard Kipling’s Verse: Inclusive Edition (1927) and later in the Definitive Edition. The three scenes are fragments of a pseudo-Jacobean play or plays that Kipling experimented with but never finished.

Notes on the text

[Page 201, line 8] battalia an army in order of battle.

[Page 201, line 11] bombards early cannon.

[Page 201, line 17] Adullamites In I Sam., 22,1-2, King David takes refuge in “the cave Adullam: and when his brethren and all his house heard it, they went down thither to him. And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him.”