[The verse] Daniel Hadas notes that Kipling omitted two lines, originally lines 3 and 4, when this verse colle4cted:
These who, in honour’s hope, endure
Lean days and lives enforced pure.
boating In the collected version of this verse, Kipling headed it— more appropriately— ‘Rowing’. It is a scene of extreme effort on the river, more like training on the Thames than leisurely boating in Hyde Park. A modern coach would probably be riding a bicycle and shouting instructions through a megaphone.