Rudyard Kipling Poems

  • 1.  
    If you wake at midnight, and hear a horse's feet,
    Don't go drawing back the blind, or looking in the street.Them that ask no questions isn't told a lie.
  • 2.  
    Heh! Walk her round. Heave, ah, heave her short again!
    Over, snatch her over, there, and hold her on the pawl.Loose all sail, and brace your yards aback and full-
  • 3.  
    I am made all things to all men-
    Hebrew, Roman, and Greek- In each one's tongue I speal,
  • 4.  
    You may talk o' gin and beer
    When you're quartered safe out ‘ere,An' you're sent to penny-fights an' Aldershot it;
  • 5.  
    If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
  • 6.  
    Unto whose use the pregnant suns are poised,
    With idiot moons and stars retracting stars?Creep thou between-thy coming's all unnoised.
  • 7.  

  • 8.  
    God of our fathers, known of old-
    Lord of our far-flung battle line-Beneath whose awful hand we hold
  • 9.  
    Speakin' in general, I'ave tried 'em all
    The ‘appy roads that take you o'er the world.Speakin' in general, I'ave found them good
  • 10.  
    When the Himalayan peasant meets the he-bear in his pride,
    He shouts to scare the monster, who will often turn aside.But the she-bear thus accosted rends the peasant tooth and nail.
  • 11.  
    We knew thee of old,
    Oh divinely restored,By the light of thine eyes
  • 12.  
    After the burial-parties leave
    And the baffled kites have fled;The wise hyaenas come out at eve
  • 13.  
    Here come I to my own again,
    Fed, forgiven and known again,Claimed by bone of my bone again
  • 14.  
    Life's all getting and giving,
    I've only myself to give.What shall I do for a living?
  • 15.  
    Will you conquer my heart with your beauty; my sould going out from afar?
    Shall I fall to your hand as a victim of crafty and cautions shikar?
  • 16.  
    I have made for you a song
    And it may be right or wrong,But only you can tell me if it's true.
  • 17.  
    Father and Mother, and Me,
    Sister and Auntie sayAll the people like us are We,
  • 18.  
    Dim dawn behind the tamerisks-the sky is saffron-yellow-
    As the women in the village grind the corn,And the parrots seek the riverside, each calling to his fellow
  • 19.  
    My new-cut ashlar takes the light
    Where crimson-blank the windows flare;By my own work, before the night,
  • 20.  
    There's a whisper down the field where the year has shot her yield
    And the ricks stand gray to the sun,Singing:-'Over then, come over, for the bee has quit the clover
  • 21.  
    The Camel's hump is an ugly lump
    Which well you may see at the Zoo;But uglier yet is the hump we get
  • 22.  
    Oh! hush thee, my baby, the night is behind us,
    And black are the waters that sparkled so green.The moon, o'er the combers, looks downward to find us
  • 23.  
    R. L. Stevenson

  • 24.  
    Now Jones had left his new-wed bride to keep his house in order,
    And hied away to the Hurrum Hills above the Afghan border,To sit on a rock with a heliograph; but ere he left he taught
  • 25.  
    Our gloves are stiff with the frozen blood,
    Our furs with the drifted snow,As we come in with the seal--the seal!
  • 26.  
    (In Memory of a Commission)
    Help for a patriot distressed, a spotless spirit hurt,
  • 27.  
    (Soudan Expeditionary Force)

  • 28.  
    You call yourself a man,
    For all you used to swear,An' leave me, as you can,
  • 29.  
    By the old Moulmein Pagoda, lookin' eastward to the sea,
    There's a Burma girl a-settin', and I know she thinks o' me;For the wind is in the palm-trees, and the temple-bells they say:
  • 30.  
    If I were hanged on the highest hill,
    Mother o- mine, O mother o- mine! I know whose love would follow me still,
  • 31.  
    Pit where the buffalo cooled his hide,
    By the hot sun emptied, and blistered and dried;Log in the plume-grass, hidden and lone;
  • 32.  
    Once on a time, the ancient legends tell,
    Truth, rising from the bottom of her well,Looked on the world, but, hearing how it lied,
  • 33.  
    I keep six honest serving-men
    (They taught me all I knew);Their names are What and Why and When
  • 34.  
    Three things make earth unquiet
    And four she cannot brookThe godly Agur counted them
  • 35.  
    When the 'arf-made recruity goes out to the East
    'E acts like a babe an' 'e drinks like a beast,An' 'e wonders because 'e is frequent deceased
  • 36.  
    Roses red and roses white
    Plucked I for my love's delight.She would none of all my posies--
  • 37.  
    Where run your colts at pasture?
    Where hide your mares to breed?'Mid bergs about the Ice-cap
  • 38.  
    If you wake at midnight, and hear a horse's feet,
    Don't go drawing back the blind, or looking in the street.Them that ask no questions isn't told a lie.
  • 39.  
    When Earth's last picture is painted
    And the tubes are twisted and driedWhen the oldest colors have faded
  • 40.  
    March! The mud is cakin' good about our trousies.
    Front! -- eyes front, an' watch the Colour-casin's drip.Front! The faces of the women in the 'ouses
  • 41.  
    When a lover hies abroad
    Looking for his love,Azrael smiling sheathes his sword,
  • 42.  
    They shut the road through the woods
    Seventy years ago.Weather and rain have undone it again,
  • 43.  
    There was no one like 'im, 'Orse or Foot,
    Nor any o' the Guns I knew;An' because it was so, why, o' course 'e went an' died,
  • 44.  
    If down here I chance to die,
    Solemnly I beg you takeAll that is left of "I"
  • 45.  
    My garden blazes brightly with the rose-bush and the peach,
    And the koil sings above it, in the siris by the well,From the creeper-covered trellis comes the squirrel's chattering speech,
  • 46.  
    A fool there was and he made his prayer
    (Even as you and I!)To a rag and a bone and a hank of hair
  • 47.  
    A Song of Instruction
    The men that fought at Minden, they was rookies in their time --
  • 48.  
    A great and glorious thing it is
    To learn, for seven years or so,The Lord knows what of that and this,
  • 49.  
    Prelude to "Stalky & Co."

  • 50.  
    What is the song the children sing,
    When doorway lilacs bloom in Spring,And the Schools are loosed, and the games are played
Total 550 poems written by Rudyard Kipling

Poem of the day

 by Sara Teasdale

The moon is a curving flower of gold,
The sky is still and blue;
The moon was made for the sky to hold,
And I for you;
The moon is a flower without a stem,
The sky is luminous;
Eternity was made for them,
To-night for us.

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