Category: The Jungle Book

Parade Song of the Camp Animals

Part 16 of total 16 stories in series The Jungle Book.
  

We lent to Alexander the strength of Hercules,
The wisdom of our foreheads, the cunning of our knees;
We bowed our necks to service: they ne’er were loosed again,—
Make way there—way for the ten-foot teams
Of the Forty-Pounder train!

Shiv and the Grasshopper

Part 15 of total 16 stories in series The Jungle Book.
  

Shiv, who poured the harvest and made the winds to blow,
Sitting at the doorways of a day of long ago,
Gave to each his portion, food and toil and fate,
From the King upon the guddee to the Beggar at the gate.
All things made he—Shiva the Preserver.

Her Majesty’s Servants

Part 14 of total 16 stories in series The Jungle Book.
  

You can work it out by Fractions or by simple Rule of Three,
But the way of Tweedle-dum is not the way of Tweedle-dee.
You can twist it, you can turn it, you can plait it till you drop,
But the way of Pilly Winky’s not the way of Winkie Pop!

Toomai of the Elephants

Part 13 of total 16 stories in series The Jungle Book.
  

I will remember what I was, I am sick of rope and chain—
I will remember my old strength and all my forest affairs.
I will not sell my back to man for a bundle of sugar-cane:
I will go out to my own kind, and the wood-folk in their lairs.

Darzee’s Chant

Part 12 of total 16 stories in series The Jungle Book.
  

Singer and tailor am I—
Doubled the joys that I know—
Proud of my lilt to the sky,
Proud of the house that I sew—
Over and under, so weave I my music—so weave I the house that I
sew.

“Rikki-Tikki-Tavi”

Part 11 of total 16 stories in series The Jungle Book.
  

At the hole where he went in
Red-Eye called to Wrinkle-Skin.
Hear what little Red-Eye saith:
“Nag, come up and dance with death!”

Eye to eye and head to head,
(Keep the measure, Nag.)
This shall end when one is dead;

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