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The Seven Seas   By: (1865-1936)

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THE SEVEN SEAS

by

Rudyard Kipling

Author of Many Inventions, Barrack Room Ballads, The Jungle Books, Etc.

[Illustration]

New York D. Appleton and Company 1900

Copyright, 1896, by Rudyard Kipling

This book is also protected by copyright under the laws of Great Britain, and the several poems contained herein have also been severally copyrighted in the United States of America.

CONTENTS.

PAGE DEDICATION TO THE CITY OF BOMBAY V A SONG OF THE ENGLISH 1 THE FIRST CHANTEY 18 THE LAST CHANTEY 21 THE MERCHANTMEN 26 MCANDREWS' HYMN 31 THE MIRACLES 46 THE NATIVE BORN 48 THE KING 54 THE RHYME OF THE THREE SEALERS 57 THE DERELICT 71 THE SONG OF THE BANJO 74 "THE LINER SHE'S A LADY" 80 MULHOLLAND'S CONTRACT 83 ANCHOR SONG 87 THE SEA WIFE 90 HYMN BEFORE ACTION 93 TO THE TRUE ROMANCE 96 THE FLOWERS 100 THE LAST RHYME OF TRUE THOMAS 104 THE STORY OF UNG 113 THE THREE DECKER 118 AN AMERICAN 123 THE MARY GLOSTER 126 SESTINA OF THE TRAMP ROYAL 141

BARRACK ROOM BALLADS.

"BACK TO THE ARMY AGAIN" 145 "BIRDS OF PREY" MARCH 149 "SOLDIER AN' SAILOR TOO" 152 SAPPERS 156 THAT DAY 160 "THE MEN THAT FOUGHT AT MINDEN" 163 CHOLERA CAMP 167 THE LADIES 171 BILL 'AWKINS 175 THE MOTHER LODGE 177 "FOLLOW ME 'OME" 181 THE SERGEANT'S WEDDIN' 184 THE JACKET 187 THE 'EATHEN 191 THE SHUT EYE SENTRY 198 "MARY, PITY WOMEN!" 202 FOR TO ADMIRE 205 L'ENVOI 208

DEDICATION

To The City Of Bombay.

The Cities are full of pride, Challenging each to each This from her mountain side, That from her burthened beach.

They count their ships full tale Their corn and oil and wine, Derrick and loom and bale, And rampart's gun flecked line; City by city they hail: "Hast aught to match with mine?"

And the men that breed from them They traffic up and down, But cling to their cities' hem As a child to the mother's gown.

When they talk with the stranger bands, Dazed and newly alone; When they walk in the stranger lands, By roaring streets unknown; Blessing her where she stands For strength above their own.

(On high to hold her fame That stands all fame beyond, By oath to back the same, Most faithful foolish fond; Making her mere breathed name Their bond upon their bond.)

So thank I God my birth Fell not in isles aside Waste headlands of the earth, Or warring tribes untried But that she lent me worth And gave me right to pride.

Surely in toil or fray Under an alien sky, Comfort it is to say: "Of no mean city am I."

(Neither by service nor fee Come I to mine estate Mother of Cities to me, For I was born in her gate, Between the palms and the sea, Where the world end steamers wait... Continue reading book >>




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