The Years Between

(by first line)

The poems and epitaphs are listed in order of first line; click here for a listing by title, and here for a listing in the order determined by Kipling for the collection.

Title First line Notes
The Holy War A tinker out of Bedford
Epitaphs of the War A. “I was a Have”. B. “I was a ‘Have-not'”.
Justice Across a world where all men grieve
The Hyaenas After the burial-parties leave
The Benefactors Ah! What avails the classic bent
A Song in Storm (or ‘Fate’s Discourtesy’) Be well assured that on our side
The Question (or ‘The Neutral’) Brethren, how shall it fare with me
France [Prelude to France at War] Broke to every known mischance, lifted over all
For all we have and are (or ‘No easy hope’) For all we have and are
Russia to the Pacifists God rest you, peaceful gentlemen, let nothing you dismay
My Boy Jack Have you news of my boy Jack?’
Lord Roberts (or, ‘When the Master Gunner Died’) He passed in the very battle-smoke
A Pilgrim’s Way (Heading to ‘Up the River’) I do not look for holy saints to guide me on my way
Mary’s Son (or Don’t Stop) If you stop to find out what your wages will be
The City of Brass In a land that the sand overlays – the way to her gates are untrod
The Verdicts (or ‘Jutland’) Not in the thick of the fight
Things and the Man (In Memoriam – Joseph Chamberkain) Oh ye who hold the written clue
The Craftsman Once, after long-drawn revel at The Mermaid
Dedication. To the Seven Watchmen Seven watchmen sitting in a tower
A Nativity The Babe was laid in the Manger
The Rowers The banked oars fell an hundred strong
Ulster The dark eleventh hour
Zion (or ‘The Doorkeepers of Zion’) The Doorkeepers of Zion
The Song of the Lathes The fans and the beltings they roar round me.
A Song at Cock-Crow (or ‘Ille Autem Iterum Negavit’) The first time that Peter denièd his Lord
Gethsemane The Garden called Gethsemane
The Pro-Consuls The overfaithful sword returns the user
En-Dor The road to En-dor is easy to tread
The Sons of Martha The Sons of Mary seldom bother, for they have inherited that good part;
The Spies’ March There are no leaders to lead us to honour, and yet without leaders we sally;
The Oldest Song These were never your true love’s eyes
Mesopotamia They shall not return to us, the resolute, the young
A Death-Bed This is the State above the Law
The Outlaws Through learned and laborious years
The Choice (or ‘Hymn of the Free People’) To the Judge of Right and Wrong
The Veterans Today, across our fathers’ graves
The Virginity Try as he will, no man breaks wholly loose
The Houses (or; ‘In the House Militant’; or; ‘A Song of the Dominions’) Twixt my house and thy house the pathway is broad
Natural Theology (chorus) We had a kettle; we let it leak
The Covenant We thought we ranked above the chance of ill
The Declaration of London We were all one heart and one race
The Irish Guards We’re not so old in the Army List
A Recantation (or ‘To Lyde of the Music Halls’) What boots it on the Gods to call?
The Female of the Species When the Himalayan peasant meets the he-bear in his pride
Gehazi Whence comest thou, Gehazi
The Dead King (or ‘Edward VII’) Who in the Realm to-day lays down dear life for the sake of a land more dear?