We be the Gods

(notes by Sharad Keskar and Philip Holberton)


This is the heading to Chapter XIX of “The Naulahka”. It includes various
scattered lines from Kipling’s “O Baal, hear us!” The full poem was collected in Early Verse in 1900. (It was previously published in the Pioneer, 19 July 1888.) The title for the lines used here “In Se(e)onee” was also used for the heading to Chapter XII of The Naulahka and the heading to Chapter IV of The Light That Failed.

The poem

At the hospital ‘There is local holy man in the courtyard, and he is agitating their minds…’ All Kate’s patients leave.

tulsi Indian basil (Ocimum basilicum), a plant sacred to Hindus.



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