(notes by John McGivering)
One could say that these verses are experimental. Certainly in these ditties as Kipling very properly called them, he would seem to have been trying his hand at many forms: the ballad ... the ballade ... He comes also close to the epigram in “Certain Maxims of Hafiz”.Dobrée quotes Maxim VIII as an example and continues (p. 211)
... but more especially he sought for metres that would suit him, often recklessly giving way to his predilection for rhyme, including internal rhyme, which even in his later years tended to be a little intrusive….
Blisters are among the most valuable of the remedial agents which the physician possesses, and have this great advantage, that without exhausting the patient, they deplete the system, frequently doing away with the necessity for bleeding, while as an adjunct to that operation they are invaluable.'Corrigan’s Button' was a steel button-shaped cautery iron invented by Sir J C Corrigan that was used for blistering. Neither blistering nor bleeding is used today, for people or horses. [G.S.]