Songs from Books


(Notes edited by various hands)



[January 16th 2012]


POEMS AND CHAPTER HEADINGS (BY FIRST LINE)

The verses are listed by first line; click here for a listing by the books in which they appear, and here in the order determined by Kipling for the collection.

Title Book First line Notes
Title Book First line Notes
The Bees and the Flies Actions and Reactions A farmer of the Augustan Age
In the House of Suddhoo Plain Tales from the Hills A stone's throw out on either hand
The Ballad of Minepit Shaw
("The Tree of Justice")
Rewards and Fairies . About the time that taverns shut
The King's Task Traffics and Discoveries After the sack of the City, when Rome was sunk to a name
Gallio's Song Actions and Reactions All day long to the judgment-seat
Collected Many Inventions All the world over, nursing their scars
The Love Song of Har Dyal Plain Tales from the Hills Alone upon the housetops to the North
A Matter of Fact. Many Inventions And if ye doubt the tale I tell
Thrown Away Plain Tales from the Hills And some are sulky, while some will plunge'
A Dedication Songs from Books And they were stronger hands than mine .
The Four Angels Actions and Reactions As Adam lay a-dreaming beneath the Apple Tree
Hunting Song of the Seeonee Pack The Jungle Book As the dawn was breaking the Sambhur belied
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi'. The Jungle Book At the hole where he went in
Heading Ch. XIII The Naulahka Beat off in our last fight were we?
Heading Ch. XII The Naulahka Because I sought it far from men
The Bee Boy's Song Puck of Pook's Hill . Bees! Bees! Hark to your bees!
Without Benefit of Clergy Life's Handicap . Before my spring I garnered autumn's gain
The Oxen Beast and Man in India Between the waving tufts of jungle-grass .
"By the Hoof of the Wild Goat"
("To be Filed for Reference")
Plain Tales from the Hills By the Hoof of the Wild Goat uptossed
The Crab that Played with the Sea Just So Stories . China-going P. and G.'s
Cities and Thrones and Powers
("A Centurion of the Thirtieth")
Puck of Pook's Hill . Cities and Thrones and Powers .
His Wedded Wife. Plain Tales from the Hills Cry ` Murder' in the market-place, and each
Pigs and Buffaloes. Beast and Man in India . Dark children of the mere and marsh
Eddi's Service Rewards and Fairies . Eddi, priest of St. Wilfrid .
The Song of the Little Hunter. The Second Jungle Book . Ere Mor the Peacock flutters, ere the Monkey People cry
,Our Fathers of Old' Rewards and Fairies . Excellent herbs had our fathers of old
The Widower Various For a season there must be pain
The King's Ankus The Second Jungle Book For our white and our excellent nights-for the nights of swift running .
Outsong in the Jungle The Second Jungle Book For the sake of him who showed
The Prayer of Miriam Cohen Many Inventions From the wheel and the drift of Things
Pig Plain Tales from the Hills Go, stalk the red deer o'er the heather
Cold Iron Rewards and Fairies . Gold is for the mistress-silver for the maid' .
King Henry VII. and the Shipwrights
("The Wrong Thing")
Rewards and Fairies . Harry, our King in England, from London town is gone.
A Bank Fraud Plain Tales from the Hills He drank strong waters and his speech was coarse .
Heading Ch. V - The Prodigal Son Kim Here come I to my own again
Road-Song of the Bandar­Log . The Jungle Book Here we go in a flung festoon
Kaa's Hunting The Jungle Book His spots are the joy of the Leopard: his horns are the Buffalo's pride
A St. Helena Lullaby
("A Priest in Spite of Himself")
Rewards and Fairies . How far is St. Helena from a little child at play?'
The Recall Actions and Reactions I am the land of their fathers
How the Leopard got his Spots Just So Stories I am the Most Wise Baviaan, saying in most wise tones
Tarrant Moss Plain Tales from the Hills I closed and drew for my love's sake
Sir Richard's Song
("Young Men at the Manor")
Puck of Pook's Hill . I followed my Duke ere I was a lover
Heading Ch. XV - The Fairies' Siege Kim . I have been given my charge to keep
The Elephant's Child Just So Stories I keep six honest serving-men
The Necessitarian Traffics and Discoveries I know not in Whose hands are laid .
Lukannon The Jungle Book I met my mates in the morning (and oh but I am old!)
The Prairie
("The Fortunate Towns"")
Letters to the Family I see the grass shake in the sun for leagues on either hand
A Truthful Song
("The Wrong Thing")
Rewards and Fairies . I tell this tale, which is strictly true .
Brookland Road
("Marklake Witches")
Rewards and Fairies . I was very well pleased with what I knowed
Heading Ch. X Heriot's Ford The Light that Failed I What's that that hirples at my side?'
Mowgli's Song against People The Second Jungle Book I will let loose against you the fleet-footed vines
Toomai of the Elephants The Jungle Book I will remember what I was, I am sick of rope and chain
Heading Ch. XIX The Light that Faiiled If I have taken the common clay'
Dedication - Mother o' Mine . The Light that Failed If I were hanged on the highest hill .
The Rabbi's Song Actions and Reactions If Thought can reach to Heaven
If—
("Brother Square-Toes")
Rewards and Fairies . If you can keep your head when all about you .
A Smugglers' Song
("Hal o' the Draft").
Puck of Pook's Hill . If you wake at midnight, and hear a horse's feet
A Three-Part Song
("Dymchurch Flit")
Puck of Pook's Hill . I'm just in love with all these three
The Bronkhorst Divorce Case Plain Tales from the Hills In the daytime, when she moved about me
The Rout of the White Hussars Plain Tales from the Hills It was not in the open fight
The Beginning of the Armadillos Just So Stories I've never sailed the Amazon
Jubal and Tubal Cain
("A People at Home")
Letters to the Family Jubal sang of the Wrath of God
The Children's Song
("The Treasure and the Law")
Puck of Pook's Hill . Land of our Birth, we pledge to thee
My Lord the Elephant Many Inventions 'Less you want your toes trod off you'd better get back at once
A School Song Stalky & Co. 'Let us now praise famous men'
Heading Ch. IV - The Wishing Caps Kim Life's all getting and giving
Lispeth Plain Tales from the Hills Look, you have cast out Love! What Gods are these
The Spring Running The Second Jungle Book . Man goes to Man! Cry the challenge through the Jungle ! .
A Song to Mithras
("On the Great Wall")
Puck of Pook's Hill . Mithras, God of the Morning, our trumpets waken the Wall!
Heading Ch. VIII - The Two-Sided Man Kim . . Much I owe to the Land that grew .
Heading Ch. XIV The Prayer Kim My Brother kneels, so saith Kabir .
A British-Roman Song
("A Centurion of the Thirtieth")
Puck of Pook's Hill . My father's father saw it not
'My New-Cut Ashlar' Life's Handicap . My new-cut ashlar takes the light .
The Return of the Children Traffics and Discoveries Neither the harps nor the crowns amused, nor the cherubs' dove-winged races .
By Word of Mouth Plain Tales from the Hills Not though you die to-night, O Sweet, and wail
The Captive Traffics and Discoveries Not with an outcry to Allah nor any complaining
Mowgh's Brothers The Jungle Book Now Chil the Kite brings home the night.
Heading Ch. V The Naulahka Now it is not good for the Christian's health to hustle the Aryan brown
The Law of the Jungle The Second Jungle Book . Now this is the Law of the Jungle-as old and as true as the sky
Heading Ch. VIII - The Kingdom The Naulahka . Now we are come to our Kingdom
A Tree Song
("Weland's Sword")
Puck of Pook's Hill . Of all the trees that grow so fair
The White Seal The Jungle Book Oh! hush thee, my baby, the night is behind us
A Song of Kabir The Second Jungle Book . Oh, light was the world that he weighed in his hands!
Romulus and Remus
("Cities and Spaces")
Letters to the Family Oh, little did the Wolf-Child care
Frankie's Trade
("Simple Simon")
Rewards and Fairies . Old Horn to All Atlantic said
Old Mother Laidinwool Puck of Pook's Hill . Old Mother Laidinwool had nigh twelve months been dead '
Song of the Men's Side
("The Knife and the Naked Chalk")
Rewards and Fairies . Once we feared The Beast-when he followed us we ran .
The Thousandth Man
("Simple Simon")
Rewards and Fairies . One man in a thousand, Solomon says
Morning Song in the Jungle The Second Jungle Book . One moment past our bodies cast
The Heritage The Empire and the Century Our Fathers in a wondrous age .
Angutivaun Taina' The Second Jungle Book Our gloves are stiff with the frozen blood .
A Carol Rewards and Fairies . Our Lord Who did the Ox command
Heading Ch. XX The Nursing Sister. The Naulahka Our sister sayeth such and such
The City of Sleep The Day's Work Over the edge of the purple down
Cupid's Arrows Plain Tales from the Hills Pit where the buffalo cooled his hide
Prophets at Home Puck of Pook's Hill . Prophets have honour all over the Earth
The Cat that Walked by Himself Just So Stories Pussy can sit by the fire and sing
The Looking-Glass. Rewards and Fairies . Queen Bess was Harry's daughter. Stand forward partners all!
The Conversion of Aurelian McGoggin Plain Tales from the Hills Ride with an idle whip, ride with an unused heel
A Pict Song
("The Winged Hats")
Puck of Pook's Hill . Rome never looks where she treads .
Heading Ch. VII Blue Roses The Light that Failed Roses red and roses white .
Puck's Song
("Weland's Sword")
Puck of Pook's Hill . See you the ferny ride that steals
The Only Son. Many Inventions She dropped the bar, she shot the bolt, she fed the fire anew
Shiv and the Grasshopper The Jungle Book Shiv, who poured the harvest and made the winds to blow
Song of the Red War-Boat
("The Conversion of St Wilfrid")
Rewards and Fairies . Shove off from the wharf edge ! Steady !
Darzee's Chaunt The Jungle Book Singer and tailor am I
Heading Ch. I The Light that Faiiled So we settled it all when the storm was done
In the Pride of his Youth Plain Tales from the Hills Stopped in the straight when the race was his own!'
Heading Ch. XVII - The Sack of the Gods The Naulahka Strangers drawn from the ends of the earth, jewelled and plumed were we
A Charm Rewards and Fairies . Take of English earth as much .
Cuckoo Song . Heathfield Parish Memoirs Tell it to the locked-up trees
The Beasts Beast and Man in India The beasts are very wise
How the Camel got his Hump . Just So Stories The Camel's hump is an ugly lump
The Puzzler Actions and Reactions The Celt in all his variants from Builth to Ballyhoo
The Return of Imray Life's Handicap . The doors were wide, the story saith
The Voortrekker Collected The gull shall whistle in his wake, the blind wave break in fire
Heading Ch. XI The Light that Faiiled The lark will make her hymn to God
Heading Ch. XII My Lady's Law The Naulahka The Law whereby my lady moves
The Miracle of Purun Bhagat The Second Jungle Book . The night we felt the earth would move
Quiquern The Second Jungle Book . The People of the Eastern Ice, they are melting like the snow
The Stranger
("Newspapers abd Democracy")
Letters to the Family The Stranger within my gate
How Fear Came The Second Jungle Book . The stream is shrunk, the pool is dry
The Elephant Beast and Man in India The torn boughs trailing o'er the tusks aslant
The Run of the Downs
("The Knife and the Naked Chalk")
Rewards and Fairies . The Weald is good, the Downs are best
The Egg-shell Traffics and Discoveries The wind took off with the sunset
Heading Ch. IV The Light that Faiiled The wolf-cub at even lay hid in the corn
Tods' Amendment . Plain Tales from the Hills The World hath set its heavy yoke
The Jester Collected There are three degrees of bliss
Heading Ch. VII The Naulahka There is pleasure in the wet, wet clay
The Power of the Dog Actions and Reactions There is sorrow enough in the natural way
Merrow Down Just So Stories . There runs a road by Merrow Down .
Heading Ch. I The Naulahka There was a strife 'twixt man and maid
The Butterfly that Stsmped Just So Stories There was never a Queen like Balkis
Heading Ch. XII The Light that Faiiled There were three friends that buried the fourth
The Head of the District Life's Handicap . There's a convict more in the Central Jail
Thorkild's Song.
("The Knights of the Joyous Venture")
Puck of Pook's Hill . There's no wind along these seas
Red Dog The Second Jungle Book . These are the Four that are never content, that have never been filled since the Dews began
Chil's Song The Second Jungle Book . These were my companions going forth by night
In Error . Plain Tales from the Hills They burnt a corpse upon the sand
The Goat Beast and Man in India They killed a child to please the Gods
The Way through the Woods
("Marklake Witches")
Rewards and Fairies . They shut the road through the woods
Heading Ch. XIV The Naulahka This I saw when the rites were done.
The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo Just So Stories . This is the mouth-filling song of the race that was run by a Boomer
A Servant when he Reigneth
("Labour")
Letters to the Family Three things make earth unquiet
,Our Fathers also' . Traffics and Discoveries Thrones, Powers, Dominions, Peoples, Kings
An Astrologer's Song Rewards and Fairies . To the Heavens above us .
False Dawn Plain Tales from the Hills To-night, God knows what thing shall tide
Heading Ch. V!! - Unto whose use Kim Unto whose use the pregnant suns are poised .
The Queen's Men ("The Two Cousins") Rewards and Fairies . Valour and Innocence .
Letting in the Jungle The Second Jungle Book Veil them, cover them, wall them round .
Heading Ch. XIX The Naulahka We be the Gods of the East
Parade-Song of the Camp-Animals .­ The Jungle Book We lent to Alexander the strength of Hercules
Heading Ch. IX The Naulahka We meet in an evil land
Harp Song of the Dane Women
("Knights of the Joyous Venture") .
Puck of Pook's Hill , What is a woman that you forsake her
The Winners The Story of the Gadsbys What is the moral? Who rides may read
Tiger-Tiger!' The Jungle Book What of the hunting, hunter bold?
Heading Ch. VIII The Naulahka When a lover hies abroad .
Song of the Fifth River
("The Treasure and the Law")
Puck of Pook's Hill . When first by Eden Tree
Rimini'
("On the Great Wall")
Puck of Pook's Hill . When I left Rome for Lalage's sake .
How the Whale got his Throat . Just So Stories . When the cabin port-holes are dark and green .
Heading Ch. XI - The Juggler's Song . Kim When the drums begin to beat .
The Other Man Plain Tales from the Hills When the Earth was sick and the Skies were grey
When the Great Ark
("Mountains and the Pacific")
Letters to the Family When the Great Ark, in Vigo Bay
Poseidon's Law . Traffics and Discoveries When the robust and Brass-bound Man commissioned first for sea
The Wet Litany Traffics and Discoveries When the water's countenance
The Undertakers The Second Jungle Book . When ye say to Tabaqui, 'My Brother', when ye call the hyena to meat,
A Song of Travel
("The Road to Quebec")
Letters to the Family Where's the lamp that Hero lit .
The New Knighthood Actions and Reactions Who gives him the Bath? .
Hadramauti Plain Tales from the Hills Who knows the heart of the Christian? How does reason ?
Heading Ch. XIV The Light that Faiiled Yet at the last, ere our spearmen had found him
Poor Honest Men'
("A Priest in Spite of Himslef")
Rewards and Fairies Your jar of Virginny .
Heading Ch. X - Gow's Watch Kim Your tiercel's too long at hack, Sir. He's no eyass .
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