would be King"
Notes on the text
These notes, by John McGivering, are partly new, and partly based on the ORG. We are indebted to Alastair Wilson for some technical details, and to George Kieffer for advice on matters Masonic. The page and line numbers below refer to the Macmillan (London) Standard Edition of Wee Willie Winkie and Other Stories, as published and frequently reprinted between 1899 and 1950.
One man with a dream, at pleasure.[Heading] Brother to a Prince and fellow to a beggar if he be found worthy an echo of the last verse of the Masonic verse “Banquet Night”.
Shall go forth and conquer a crown;
And three with a new song’s measure
Can trample a kingdom down. (Arthur William Edgar O’Shaughnessy 1844–1881)
When two strong men stand face to face,[Page 212, line 20] Sar-a-whack Sir James Brooke (1803–1868) served in the army of the East India Company, assisted the Sultan of Brunei to reduce the warring tribes of Sarawak and was created Rajah of the province in 1841. Also, perhaps, a pun on sarwat, meaning “wealth”, but the language has not yet been traced.
though they come from the ends of the earth !
I'm sorry for Mister Bluebeard,Incidentally, unless Kipling has another pass further to the east in mind, he appears to put Kafiristan on the wrong side of the Khyber in referring to Russia's right flank.
I'm sorry to cause him pain;
But a terrible spree there's sure to be
When he comes back again.