Notes on the text
These notes, by Gillian Sheehan and John McGivering, are partly new, and partly based on the ORG. The page and line numbers below refer to the Macmillan (London) Standard Edition of Limits and Renewals, as published and frequently reprinted between 1932 and 1950.
And almost thence my nature is subdu’d[Page 379 line 4] the Man of Uz Job – see page 377 line 30 above.
To what it works in, like the dyer’s hand.
His speech is a burning fireSee also "To be Filed for Reference" (Plain Tales from the Hills, page 330, line 18).
With his lips he travaileth;
In his heart is a blind desire,
In his eyes foreknowledge of death;
Smells are surer than sounds or sightsSee also Something of Myself page 39, and “The Tomb of His Ancestors” (The Day’s Work page 107)
To make your heart-strings crack...
– I require and charge you both, as ye will answer at the dreadful day of judgement … that if either of you (sic) know any impediment why ye may not be joined together in Matrimony, ye do now confess it.Lee Gold points out: Kipling is quoting here from Christina Rossetti's poem "Many in aftertimes will say of you", of whichj the last lines run:
My love that you can make not void nor vain,[Page 397 line 4] she blew softly on the woman’s forehead a most unsanitary action which a proper nurse would not do, see page 398, line 2.
Love that foregoes you but to claim anew
Beyond this passage of the gate of death,
I charge you at the Judgment make it plain
My love of you was life and not a breath.