We meet in an
evil land

(notes by Sharad Keskar and Philip Holberton)


These fifteen lines are the heading to Chapter IX of “The Naulahka”.
They are collected as a Chapter Heading in Songs from Books (1912) and later collections.

The poem

In the tale, Tarvin sees the dangers which threaten him and Kate, and thinks she should be glad he is there to protect her.

Notes on the text

[Line 3]  the gates of Hell    See Matthew 16.18:[D.H.]

And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.



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