Helen all alone

(notes edited by John McGivering)


First published in A Diversity of Creatures in 1917 in the United Kingdom and the United States, where it follows, and echoes the theme of “In the Same Boat”. Collected, with slight alterations, in the Sussex Edition, Volume 9. page 103 and Volume 34, page 314; the Burwash Edition, Volumes 9 and 27, Inclusive Verse, Definitive Verse and The Collected Works of Rudyard Kipling (Wordsworth Poetry Library.

[Verse 2] Limbo the borders of hell where some souls await the Last Day when they will be received into heaven [Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable].


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