“Departmental Ditties”

Departmental Ditties and Other Verses, by edition

The poems are listed by the first edition in which they appear: 1 (Jun 1886), 2 (Sep 1886), 3 (Apr 1888), 4 (Feb 1890), EV – ‘Early Verse’ – in Edition de Luxe and Outward Bound Editions (1900).

Click here for a list by title, here for a list by first line, and here for a list as set out by Kipling for the Edition de Luxe in 1900.

Title First line Notes Edition Section
General Summary We are very slightly changed 1 DD
Army Headquarters Ahasuerus Jenkins of the “Operatic Own” 1 DD
Study of an Elevation in Indian Ink Potiphar Gubbins, C.E. 1 DD
A Legend of the Foreign Office Rustum Beg of Kolazai – slightly backward Native State 1 DD
The Story of Uriah Jack Barrett went to Quetta 1 DD
The Post that Fitted Ere the steamer bore him Eastward, Sleary was engaged to marry 1 DD
A Code of Morals Now Jones had left his new-wed bride to keep his house in order 1 DD
Public Waste By the Laws of the Family Circle ’tis written in letters of brass 1 DD
The Man who could Write Boanerges Blitzen, servant of the Queen 1 DD
Pink Donimoes Jenny and Me were engaged, you see 1 DD
The Last Department None whole or clean,’ we cry, ‘or free from stain 1 DD
My Rival I go to concert, party, ball 1 OV
To the Unknown Goddess Will you conquer my heart with your beauty, my soul going out from afar? 1 OV
The Rupaiyat of Omar Kal’vin Now the New Year, reviving Last Year’s Debt 1 OV
Pagett, M.P. ett, M.P., was a liar, and a fluent liar therewith,- 1 OV
The Lovers’ Litany Eyes of grey – a sodden quay 1 OV
Divided Destinies It was an artless Bandar and he danced upon a pine 1 OV
The Mare’s Nest Jane Austen Beecher Stowe de Rouse 1 OV
Possibilities Ay, lay him ‘neath the Simla pine- 1 OV
Arithmetic on the Frontier A great and glorious thing it is 1 OV
The Plea of the Simla Dancers What have we ever done to bear this grudge?’ 1 OV
Certain Maxims of Hafiz If it be pleasant to look on, stalled in the packed serai 1 OV
The Moon of Other Days Beneath the deep verandah’s shade 1 OV
The Undertaker’s Horse The eldest son bestrides him 1 OV
In Springtime My garden blazes brightly with the rose-bush and the peach 1 OV
Giffen’s Debt Imprimis he was ‘broke’. Thereafter left 1 OV
Lucifer Think not, O thou from College late deported 2 DD
A Ballade of Burial If down here I chance to die 2 OV
The Overland Mail In the name of the Empress of India, make way 2 OV
A Ballade of Jakko Hill One moment, bid the horses wait 2 OV
Two Months No hope, no change! The clouds have shut us in 2 OV
Envoi The smoke upon your Altar dies 2 OV
Delilah Delilah Aberystwith was a lady – not too young- 3 DD
Municipal It was an August evening and , in snowy garments clad 3 DD
La Nuit Blanche I had seen, as dawn was breaking 3 OV
Diana of Ephesus Ephesus stands—you may find it still— 3 OV
As the Bell Clinks As I left the Halls at Lumley, rose the vision of a comely 3 OV
Christmas in India Dim dawn behind the tamarisks – the sky is saffron-yellow 3 OV
The Fall of Jock Gillespie This fell when dinner-time was done- 3 OV
What the People said By the well, where the bullocks go 3 OV
A Tale of Two Cities Where the sober-coloured cultivator smiles 3 OV
Prelude I have eaten your bread and salt, 4 DD
What Happened Hurree Chunder Mookerjee, pride of Bow Bazaar 4 DD
The Masque of Plenty How sweet is the shepherd’s sweet life! 4 OV
The Ballad of Fisher’s Boarding House Twas Fultah Fisher’s boarding-house 4 OV
The Song of the Women How shall she know the worship we would do her? 4 OV
The Betrothed Open the old cigar-box, get me a Cuba stout 4 OV
The Grave of the Hundred Head There’s a widow in sleepy Chester 4 OV
An Old Song So long as ‘neath the Kalka hills 4 OV
One Viceroy Resigns So here’s your Empire. No more wine, then? Good 4 OV
The Galley Slave Oh gallant was our galley from her carven steering-wheel 4 OV
The Man and the Shadow If it were mine to choose EV DD
A Levée in the Plains Come here, ye lasses av swate Parnassis! EV OV
O Baal, Hear us ! Moralists we EV OV
The Plaint of the Junior Civilian I have worked for ten seasons or more EV OV
Our Lady of Rest The wind in the pine sings Her praises EV OV
For the Women We knit a riven land to strength by cannon, code and sword EV OV
Carmen Simlaense I’ve danced till my shoes are outworn EV OV
A Ballade of Bad Entertainment A wanderer from East to West EV OV
New Lamps for Old’ When the flush of the new-born sun fell first on Eden’s green and gold EV OV