King Henry VII and the Shipwrights

(notes edited by John Radcliffe and John McGivering)


Published in Rewards and Fairies (1910) where it follows “The Wrong Thing“.

Peter Bellamy’s rendition can be found here.

The poem has an echo of “King Edward the Fourth and the Tanner of Tamworth” in Percy’s Reliques, 2nd ser. Bk. 1, a book that Kipling was familiar with.


Notes on the text

[Verse 1]

Hamull on the Hoke:  Now Hamble-le-Rice, the former dockyard on Southampton Water”. [Worddsworth Edition]



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