"The lark will make her hymn"

The Light that Failed


(notes edited by Geoffrey Annis)



the poem
Publication

This eight-line poem heads chapter XI of The Light that Failed. It is collected as a 'Chapter Heading' in Definitive Verse, in Songs from Bookswithout a title. In The Light that Failed (p. 180) Kipling attributes to The Only Son. He later used that title for the different verse which heads In the Rukh (Many Inventions 1893).

This verse draws on imagery from hunting and the English countryside, to reflect on Dick’s blindness, and his alienation from his past.

dule (lines 5 and 6) means 'woeful'.


[G.A.]

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